BA Announces Lobbying Activities Percentage of Dues

Brewers Association brewery members will receive a letter in the mail next week. The letter is to inform brewery, allied trade and distributor members of the Brewers Association information on the non-deductible portion of your 2012 member dues paid to the Brewers Association.  This non-deductible percentage pertains to the amount that cannot be claimed as a business expense by BA members on their 2012 tax return. The Brewers Association engaged in lobbying activities during 2012 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 2012 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.

For 2012, the percentage of non-deductible dues pertaining to your tax return was 20.0%. This percentage is based on $298,289.79 in total lobbying expenses divided by $1,494,446.09 in Brewers Association member dues.

Lobbying funds for the professional division in 2012 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. 1236 and S. 534 in the last Congress. Please visit for more information.  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. Thanks.

Paul Gatza

January 25, 2013

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 15th year as BA 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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