Senate Bill 701 seeks to reduce the alcoholic beverage tax rate on cider and low-percentage alcohol by volume (ABV) liquors so that they match the tax rate for beer. Under current law, cider is taxed at $0.15 a gallon and beer at $0.12 a gallon. This bill reduces the rate on cider to $0.12 a gallon to match the tax rate for beer. Low-percentage ABV liquors, such as canned cocktails, are currently taxed at the rate for liquor, which is $5.50 a gallon. Under the bill, liquors with lower than 9.9 percent ABV are to be taxed at $0.12 a gallon to match the tax rate for beer.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). 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.See Pete Johnson's Articles