Weekly Digest | New CA Sales Tax Laws, CBMTRA Gains Support, OK Distribution Changes, Loosening Interprovincial Restrictions, ADA Battle

May 16, 2019

In this week’s digest, California’s new sales tax law is going into effect soon and the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act gains majority support. Oklahoma Governor signs a bill that changes liquor distribution rules, and Canada loosens up interprovincial trade. Lastly, the Americans with Disability Act is posing a threat to beverage alcohol companies.

California’s New Sales Tax Law is Catching Local Wineries by Surprise

The first filing due date for the new California sales tax requirements is coming up quickly! Will your business be fully prepared by May 31st? Get an overview of the new requirements and use Avalara to help calculate correct district and statewide tax rates for all your DTC shipments.

Majority of US Senators Support Permanent Tax Reform for Brewers, Importers

The 2019 Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) now has a majority of US Senators supporting its proposed excise tax relief for alcohol producers and importers. Proponents say that this bipartisan support will benefit the industry, including brewers and importers of all sizes, with tax relief.

Governor Signs Bill Changing Liquor Distribution Rules

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, recently signed a bill that requires the top twenty-five wine and spirits manufacturers to offer their products to all wholesalers. Since the alcohol laws are written into the state’s constitution, there will likely be a legal challenge.

2019 Budget: Loosening Restrictions On The Interprovincial Trade In Wine And Beer

Earlier this spring, Canada’s Minister of Finance introduced a new bill that would remove the federal barriers to interprovincial trade of alcohol and permit direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of alcohol across provincial borders. Learn more about this exciting potential opportunity for DTC sales.

The Americans With Disability Act Of 1990 Poses Legal Challenge For Winery Websites Today

There is an on-going battle between the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and beverage alcohol websites, including wineries. Some think that the ADA is targeting the beverage alcohol industry with twenty-six New York wineries currently being sued.

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