ACSA’s Government Affairs Committee, in conjunction with its lobbyist on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., works tirelessly to promote a sound business climate for the craft spirits producer. Its focus was on the reduction of the onerous Federal Excise Tax (FET), with a mantra to provide parity with beer and wine. In December 2017, a short victory lap was enjoyed as substantial provisions of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) was passed. On January 1, 2018, craft distillers began paying a reduced FET from $13.50 down to $2.70 per proof gallon up to the first 100,000 pg. On December 27, 2020, the President signed the  CBMTRA as part of an omnibus and stimulus package, giving the country’s 2,200 craft spirits producers much-needed, permanent tax relief and parity with their counterparts in beer and wine, who have enjoyed lower rates for many years. Federal excise tax (FET) reform has been ACSA’s top legislative priority, and the President’s signing marks a major victory for the distilled spirits industry. In addition to the hardships the industry faces as it crawls back from distillery closures due to COVID, distillers faced a 400 percent tax hike come January 1, 2021 without legislation.

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is a bureau under the Department of the Treasury. The TTB collects Federal excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and ammunition and to assure compliance with Federal tobacco permitting and alcohol permitting, labeling, and marketing requirements to protect consumers.

Federal Legislation

View a list of proposed or pending federal legislation that affect our industry.

State Legislation

View a list of proposed or pending state legislation that affect our industry.

2023 Legislative Fly-In

ACSA’s Legislative Fly-In on Capitol Hill is back—and in person— this November 7-9!

Register here to let your voice be heard before members of Congress and meet with senior leadership from TTB. This event is complimentary to all members who want to help educate Congress on issues facing our small business manufacturing sector. No experience is necessary—we will provide a full briefing and get you up to speed on issues that can change our economic landscape.

Plus, we’ve negotiated a terrific room rate, so come experience all that Washington, D.C., has to offer. The agenda will include a welcome reception on Tuesday night, full day of Capitol Hill briefings and meetings, and a Hill evening closing reception in which your own spirits may be poured.
More details to follow but REGISTER NOW!


ACSA Comments on Proposed Addition of American Single Malt Whisky to the Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits

Amy Greenberg, DirectorRegulations and Rulings DivisionAlcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau1310 G Street NW, Box 12Washington, DC 20005 September 27, 2022 Re: ACSA Comments on Notice No. 213: Proposed Addition of American Single Malt Whisky to the Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits Dear Director Greenberg: I am...

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