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Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) today applauded the passage of legislation (A.6945-A) to exempt tastings at licensed beer, cider and liquor producers from sales tax. Under current law, only wineries are eligible to receive the sales tax exemption. The bill passed the Senate today, having received approval in the Assembly last week.
"By easing the financial and regulatory pressures on craft breweries and distilleries, we facilitate job-creation, bolster an emerging industry and strengthen local economies. In nearly every corner of New York, small towns and urban neighborhoods have seen a resurgence with the help of breweries and distilleries. In turn, this initiative will provide savings to not only the industries that produce these beverages, but also the many consumers who enjoy them."
"I’m proud to have sponsored this bill, and pleased with the support it has received in both the Assembly and Senate. Small businesses are vital economic drivers that strengthen our economy and our communities, and today’s action is a step in the right direction toward helping small businesses thrive."
Leader Kolb first introduced the legislation in January of 2016 after meeting with George Adams, owner and head brewer at Gael Brewing Company in Geneva, to discuss the differences in regulations pertaining to breweries and wineries.
This bill creates a level playing field across the alcohol industry by amending the tax law, in relation to exemptions from the sales and compensating use tax for tastings and packaging used at tastings held by a licensed brewery, farm brewery, cider producer, farm cidery, distillery, farm distillery or winery in accordance with the alcoholic beverage control law.
Craft brewing is among the fastest-growing industries in New York. With approximately 1,000 licensed manufacturers of craft beverages based in the state, the number of craft beverage producers has grown by more than 180% in the past six years.