H.R. 2520, the Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act, seeks to reduce the current $13.50/proof gallon rate to $9.00/proof gallon, with the initial 100,000 gallons taxed at a rate of $2.70/proof gallon. All spirits producers would be eligible for the reduced rates. In the Senate, S. 1444, the Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act of 2015, seeks the same $2.70 rate on the first 100,000 proof gallons, but does not provide for any other rate reduction.
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