In response to the news that New York State is raising its excise tax on brewers, Congressman Dan Maffei announced he has co sponsored the Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2009 (HR 836) to lower the federal excise tax on brewers.
Maffei said the State's plan to raise the excise tax jeopardizes jobs at the Anheuser Busch facility in Baldwinsville. "The owners of the plant, In Bev, have made it very clear that raising taxes would affect the plant in Baldwinsville and give them reason to consider moving the plant elsewhere," Maffei said. "Our area is already losing too many manufacturing jobs, and this new tax is simply unacceptable. That is why I am fighting to lower the federal tax on brewers and will do everything in my power to keep the plant from moving."
The Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2009 amends the Internal Revenue Code to reduce from $18 to $9 (the pre-1991 level) the per-barrel tax on beer, and allow a further reduction in such tax for brewers who produce no more than 2 million barrels annually.
In 1991, the Federal excise tax on beer was doubled and now 41 percent of the price of beer is comprised of various taxes. This has had a negative effect on the brewers and small businesses that produce and sell beer. It also puts unnecessary pressure on the pocketbooks of average working Americans.