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NBWA urges Bush to enact SOT relief.

National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) president David Rehr recently sent a letter to President George W. Bush asking for his signature on legislation passed by the U.S. Congress that provides a three-year suspension of the special occupational tax (SOT).

"I am writing to express our support for temporary repeal of this burdensome tax and to urge you to quickly sign this legislation into law," Rehr wrote.

As passed by Congress, Rehr noted that H.R. 4520, the "American Jobs Creation Act of 2004," includes a three-year suspension of the SOT that is imposed on beer distributors, brewers and retailers.

Rehr noted that the tax was originally introduced to help fund the Civil War, and he pointed out that the 2001 Joint Committee on Taxation called for elimination of the SOT. Annually, beer wholesalers pay $500 per location in compliance with this tax. Due to this "per location" requirement, Rehr said small retailers and wholesalers often bear an unfair burden.
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Title Annotation:National Beer Wholesalers Association; Special occupational tax
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 25, 2004
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