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On December 20, 2017, Congress passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Learn more about how this bill could affect your brewery.

Tax Hike Stalls in Nebraska

Stalling in committee, L.B. 314 and L.B. 497 propose to raise alcohol taxes, among others, to address the state’s property tax crisis. Under both bills, the gallonage tax on beer would increase to $1.38 …More

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Tax Reduction Proposed in NE

L.B. 723 seeks to reduce alcohol tax rates, with the rate for beer dropping .06 cents to .25 cents per gallon.

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Production and Shipment Bill Advances in HI

Passing the Senate and amended in the House, S.B. 773 would allow a class 18 small craft producer pub licensee to manufacture not more than 75,000 barrels of malt beverages on the licensee’s premises during …More

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Nano Sampling Bill Advances in NH

Passing the House, House Bill 597 seeks to allow nano brewery licensees to distribute samples at a wine manufacturer’s facility and wine manufacturer licensees to distribute samples at a nano brewery.

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Changes to Hawaii Draft Beer Regs Advance

Passing their respective chambers, House Bill 1172 and Senate Bill 772 seek to repeal the requirement that there be attached a clear and legible notice, placard, or marker upon the faucet, spigot, or outlet wherefrom …More

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Excise Tax Revision Measure Moves in NM

Passing initial committee consideration with amendments, companions H.B. 489 and S.B. 413 propose a revision to the excise tax rates for microbrewed beer, cider and craft distillers, with the beer rates revised from the single …More

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Bond Change Floated in IL

H.B. 2577 would exclude manufacturers and importing distributors that in the preceding year had less than $50,000 of tax liability from a requirement that they file a specified bond with the Department of Revenue.

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Sales Reciprocity Considered in New Mexico

H.B. 603 would expand the sales reciprocity among licensed manufacturers of craft alcohol to include licensed craft distillers, thereby providing the right for small brewers, winegrowers and craft distillers to sell the products of the …More

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