What Breweries Need to Know About PA House Bill 262

Written by Sales Tax Partner Doug Deihm, CPA

Starting October 1, 2019, if you manufacture and sell craft beer in the same location, you are required to pay 6% sales tax on 25% of the retail sales. In other words, you will charge the customers 1.5% sales tax instead of 6%, which was the original sales tax percentage in the tax bulletin that was sent out by the PA Department of Revenue in July of 2018.

BACKGROUND
Prior to 2018, these businesses were not required to pay any sales tax when they sold their product in the same location it was manufactured. However, in July 2018, the Pennsylvania craft beer industry was outraged to learn that effective July 2019, they would be required to pay 6% sales tax which was significantly higher than the sales tax restaurants, convenience, and grocery stores were required to pay.

On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed the PA House Bill 262 which leveled the playing field. The Bill stated that effective October 1, 2019, breweries are only required to pay 6% sales tax on 25% of their retail sales to customers.

PA House Bill 262 Timeline-01

Helpful Trick
Since 25% of 6% is 1.5%, you can use this similar formula to calculate sales tax.
[Retail Cost] x 1.5% = [Sales Tax]
 
EXAMPLE
How Bill 262 Affected BreweriesXYZ Brewery
XYZ Brewery sells a growler of craft beer for $10.00 at their brewery. Starting October 1, 2019, the brewery is required to charge 6% sales tax on 25% of the sale which for this particular example is $0.15


The Math:
25% of retail = $2.50 x 6% sales tax = $0.15 Sales Tax
or
$10.00 x 1.5% = $0.15 Sales Tax

 

ACTION TO TAKE
If your business manufactures and sells craft beer in the same location, you will need to update your point of sale system to reflect this sales tax change and update your process.
 
For questions and assistance with how the PA House Bill 262 will affect your business, contact our Sales Tax Expert,
Doug Deihm, CPA at 717-569-2900 or click the button below to send us an email. 
 
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