Kerry: Beer bill would ease brewers tax burden

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BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kerry says he wants to give the country’s 1,500 small beer makers a tax break.

Kerry introduced a bill to the Senate on Wednesday that would reduce the excise tax for small breweries from $7 to $3.50 per barrel for the first 60,000 barrels of beer produced each year.

For every additional barrel up to 2 million, the bill would lower the excise tax from $18 to $16.

Massachusetts is home to 40 small beer manufacturers including Sam Adams, the country’s largest small brewery. There are more than 15 small beer manufacturers in Maine.

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Republican Senators Mike Crapo of Idaho and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon are co-sponsoring the bill.

Reps. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Kevin Brady, R-Texas, introduced the bill in the House in December.

The small brewer tax rate hasn’t been updated since 1976.

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