BA Announces Lobbying Activities Percentage of 2017 Dues

The Brewers Association (BA) has announced the non-deductible portion of  member dues paid in 2017. This non-deductible percentage pertains to the amount that cannot be claimed as a business expense by BA members on their 2017 tax return.

The Brewers Association engaged in lobbying activities during 2017, and, as such, we are reporting to all Brewers Association members the percentage of those lobbying activities (expenses) as they relate to total membership dues.

Your dues payment as a business expense for the year 2017 will be limited by the percentage of dues that went towards supporting lobbying activities, and only the remaining portion of your dues can be claimed as an expense on your federal tax return. Contact your tax professional to determine the deductibility of your membership dues.

For 2017, the percentage of non-deductible dues pertaining to your tax return is 8.8%.

Lobbying funds for the professional division in 2017 were related primarily to communications to educate elected federal representatives and senators and their staffs on the merits of excise tax recalibration bills H.R. 747 and S. 236. Learn more about these bills.

If you have any questions about the implications of this information, we recommend you discuss with your accountant(s). If you need further information from the Brewers Association regarding this topic, please contact me.

 

Paul Gatza is the director of the Brewers Association (BA), a not-for-profit trade association whose purpose is to promote and protect American craft brewers and American craft beer and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Paul is a member of the association’s Brewpubs, Technical, Communications, Market Development, PR & Marketing and Government Affairs Committees. Paul’s origin in the beer community started when he took up homebrewing in 1990. He worked on the bottling line at Boulder Beer and would sneak over to the brewhouse when opportunity allowed. He owned a pair of homebrew supply shops in Boulder and Longmont, Colorado from 1994 to 1998. He served as director of the American Homebrewers Association for 7 years and is in his 18th year as Brewers Association director. Paul is ranked as a National Beer Judge by the Beer Judge Certification Program. Paul is also a former judge director of both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, before moving to the judge panels for these elite competitions.

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