Legislative Activity: Taxes 2010

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Legislative Activity: Taxes 2010

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Bills introduced for the 2010 legislative session. Some states allow for bills to be introduced before the beginning of a session through a procedural mechanism known as pre-filing. Some states give priority or other advantages to prefiled bills. Legislative work on the bills will not occur until the session begins. Also, new bills may also be introduced in states with two-year legislative sessions.


United States House Bill 4278 and Senate Bill 3339
Summary: Lowers the tax rate on beer produced domestically by certain small producers. The current excise tax rate is $18 per 31 gallon barrel of beer; a domestic brewer that produces no more than 2,000,000 during a calendar year pays only $7 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels of beer produced. Under the bill a producer will still pay $18 per 31 gallon of beer; however a domestic brewer that produces no more than 6,000,000 barrels during a calendar year will pay $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels and $16 per barrel on the first 1,940,000 barrels.
Sponsor(s): House Bill: Representatives Richard Neal (D-MA), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Wally Herger (R-CA), Peter Defazio (D-OR), Dennis Rehberg (R-MT), Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Charles Dent (R-PA)
Senate Bill: Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Olympia Snowe (R-MN)
House Bill 4454 - EFFECTIVELY PASSED (see Ballot Initiative Question 1)
Repeals the sales tax on alcoholic beverages. The excise tax remains in place.
NOTE: Initiative petition of Frank J. Anzalotti and presented by Representative Jay R. Kaufman (D-Middlesex)

Ballot Initiative Question 1 - PASSED (Ballot Results)
Summary: Initiative will restore tax exempt status on the sale of alcoholic beverages. Currently the sales tax is 6.25% and applies to alcoholic beverages.

Summary: Increase tax rates on alcoholic beverages including distilled spirits from $2.50 to $3.75 per gallon, wine from $0.35 to $0.525 per gallon, and beer from $0.4268 to $0.6402 per gallon.
Sponsor(s): Bob Evans (D-Copiah)

House Bill 2039
Summary: Reduce the current emergency tax on liquor from 18% of the net price of all liquors sold by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to 9% as of January 1, 2010 and 0% as of January 1, 2011.
Sponsor(s): Representative John D. Payne (R-Dauphin County)

Senate Bill 6744
Summary: Prohibits the liquor control board from increasing the markup of any liquor product.
Sponsor(s): Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima)