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NY Electronic Tax Filing Bill Studied

Reported from committee and referred to another, Senate Bill 6313 would require the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

Combined Craft Manufacturers License Advancing

Under consideration by the Senate after passing the Assembly, Senate Bill 8140 seeks to create, among other provisions, a combined craft manufacturer’s license combining the privileges of two or more farm or micro manufacturing licenses for use at one premises. Read More

Event Sampling Bill Passes NY Senate

Passing the Senate, S.B. 1860 would allow brewers, manufacturers, and importers to serve small samples of their beer or malt beverages at certain events. Read More

NY Homebrew Bill Amended

Returned to the Senate and amended, S.B. 1227 authorizes the operation of home beer makers centers, home cider makers centers and home wine makers centers under the jurisdiction of the state liquor authority and defines such centers as places where …Read More

New York Releases Report on Alcohol Laws

The New York State Liquor Authority’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group has released its report on the reorganization of, and revisions to, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. Read More

Homebrew Bill Advances in NY

Passing the Senate, S.B. 1227 authorizes the operation of home beer makers centers, home cider makers centers and home wine makers centers under the jurisdiction of the state liquor authority and defines such centers as places where individuals pay a …Read More

NY Electronic Tax Filing Provision

Assembly Bill 9456 would allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

NY Farm Brewery Sales Expansion Advances

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 5707 authorizes farm brewery licensees to sell wine and spirits manufactured by the licensee or a licensed farm winery or distillery. Read More

Sales Tax Exemption Proposed in New York

A.B. 8706 seeks to amend the tax law to provide wine, beer, cider, and liquor tastings by a licensed producer to be exempt from the sales and compensating use tax. Read More

Electronic Filing Required in NY

S.B. 6313 would require the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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