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Quigley, Blumenauer, Reed, Wagner Lead Bipartisan Coalition Calling for a Delay in Federal Alcohol Excise Tax through 2020

May 19, 2020
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Ann Wagner (R-MO), with more than 120 of their colleagues, urged Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to delay the federal excise tax filing and payment due dates for beverage alcohol through the end of the year.

“Today, the alcohol industry’s workers, supply chain, and consumers face unprecedented levels of disruption and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 health crisis,” wrote the lawmakers. “We write to respectfully ask you to again use your authority under 26 U.S.C. 7508A(a) to delay all domestic beer, wine, and distilled spirits federal excise tax deadlines for the remainder of calendar year 2020, including any interest and penalties accrued.”

The alcohol industry’s workers, supply chain, and consumers face unprecedented levels of disruption and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The industry heavily relies on sectors that are some of the most severely impacted today, including hospitality, restaurant, tourism, agriculture, and retail.

In total, the industry supports a workforce of more than 5.4 million people and generates more than half a trillion dollars to the American economy annually. The letter was signed by 130 members of the House of Representatives from 33 states and the District of Columbia.

The full text of the letter can be found HERE.