Small Brewer Tax Rate Reduction Legislation Introduced

Companion bills HR 836 and S 1058, the Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2009, have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate respectively by Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-North Dakota) and Congressman Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO). This legislation seeks to reduce the tax burden for all brewers and specifically reduces the small brewer rate by 50% to $3.50 a barrel.

BA brewery members are encouraged to contact both their Representatives and Senators to ask them to sign on to both bills. Currently, HR 836 has 224 Representatives signed on and S. 1058 has 8 Senators supporting the measure. For background information and supporting material, see Excise Taxes.

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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