NY Governor Cuomo Signs Craft-Friendly Bill

On July 18, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation recently reported on by BrewersAssociation.org which will provide tax credits for local breweries.

The Bill Basics:

  • Any brewery that produces 60 million or less gallons of beer in New York would be eligible for a refundable tax credit applied against New York State personal income and business taxes.
  • The credit amounts would be 14 cents per gallon for the first 500,000 gallons produced in New York, and 4.5 cents per gallon for the next 15.5 million gallons produced in the State. 
  • Both in-state and out-of-state brewers with an annual production of less than 1,500 barrels would also be exempt from the fees associated with brand label registration.
  • Creates a farm brewery license that would allow craft brewers using products grown in New York State the same tasting, restaurant and retail sales privileges that farm wineries already enjoy.

What does this mean for craft breweries in NY? 

As is the case in many states, the craft brewers in New York continue to be an important and growing piece of the economy.  This tax credit will allow New York’s burgeoning craft breweries to remain competitive, continue to grow and add jobs in local communities.

Pete serves as programs manager for the Brewers Association, with primary responsibilities in the areas of government affairs and membership programs. 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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