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CALL TO ACTION: Federal Excise Tax Bill Update

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Just in case some of you have not received the email from the ACDA, they have put together a toolkit for us to help build momentum in Congress for federal excise tax reduction for small distilleries. Two bills have been proposed--one each in the House and Senate--to reduce taxes on the first 100,000 PG produced.

Follow the link below...

Toolkit for Federal Excise Tax Parity >

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Certainly worth the few minutes it will take to pound out an email to your district representative. Have been in touch with Congressman Derek Kilmer here. He plans to visit the distillery in a couple of weeks to further discuss the issue. It's important to press your legislators not only to support the bill but also to co-sponsor the bill. Congressman Kilmer hasn't gone as far as becoming a co-sponsor as of yet but I will be urging him to upon his visit. Do NOT take no for an answer here folks! There is no conceivable reason for your legislator to oppose this bill. Here is the Congressman's response to my initial email;

Dear Joshua,

Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 4083, the Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act. I appreciate you taking the time to reach out to me on this issue.

Prior to joining Congress last year, I spent the last decade working in economic development for a living. When I worked at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County I met with roughly 200 businesses a year to try to help them grow and succeed. The issue of tax fairness and regulatory certainty were continual themes in those meetings.

It is critical that we reform tax policies that impede economic growth, ensuring we have a tax code that helps our small businesses succeed and encourages employers to invest in America.

Rep. Christopher Gibson (N.Y.) introduced the Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act. The bill would decrease the excise tax on spirits from $13.20 to $2.70 per gallon for the first 100,000 proof gallons produced in the calendar year. When I served in the State Legislature, I supported a number of bills focused on helping our craft distilleries (defined by the Washington State Liquor Control Board as distilleries producing less than 60,000 gallons a year).

I think this bill could be a real benefit to our craft distilleries, and I'm inclined to support it. I hope the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on this legislation so that we can see how to best support local distillery businesses. As the bill moves forward, I'll certainly keep your advocacy in mind.

I encourage you to continue to share your views with me on this topic and any other issue. Thank you for reaching out. It is an honor to serve as your representative.



Derek Kilmer

Member of Congress

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