First up, it is easy to contact your elected officials in Washington, DC. All you need to do is click here. Seriously, you will not believe how simple it is. Fill out a very simple form and hit submit. Done.
Next, everyone in the brewing business knows about the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). What consumers need to know is this: the federal excise tax on beer for most of the breweries you love is about to go up drastically, unless congress acts now! We all know how hard breweries are struggling to survive right now. This tax increase will be devastating.
You can learn more about this issue here.
Here is the most recent message from the Washington Brewers Guild.
This is the LAST CALL for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). Unless Congress acts quickly, the current federal beer excise tax (FET) rates will expire in less than six weeks.
The Washington Brewers Guild is joining the Brewers Association, state guilds, breweries, and brewing enthusiasts across the county by participating the CBMTRA day-of-action, today, December 1st. Your federal legislators need to hear from you in support of the CBMTRA and making the current FET rates permanent.
It is more important than ever that your voices are heard in DC. The current FET rates are set to expire on December 31, 2020 and breweries will see their federal excise tax increase by as much as 100% in the new year. Congress can’t allow that to happen. Breweries have already been hit hard by the pandemic and are working to recover. An increase in excise taxes would come at a terrible time for our industry and would only add to economic hardship for breweries and make the road to recovery more difficult.
Your elected officials need to hear from you. Contact them today using this form. Provide your information and the form will autocomplete into an email tailored to your representative and senators. You can use the template email or edit it to share your brewery’s story. It will only take a few minutes, but it will help us make a big impact in Washington, D.C.