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Rhode Island's beverage alcohol Excise Tax Update

The new Rhode Island taxes changes apply to manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. A brewer that brews beer in Rhode Island and that is actively and directly owned, managed, and operated by an authorized legal entity that has owned, managed, and operated a brewery in Rhode Island for at least 12 consecutive months receives a tax exemption on the first 100,000 barrels of beer that it produces and distributes in Rhode Island in any calendar year.

The new law provides a similar tax break for distillers. Under the new provision, a distiller that distills spirits in Rhode Island and that is actively and directly owned, managed, and operated by an authorized legal entity that has owned, managed, and operated a distillery in Rhode Island for at least 12 consecutive months will receive a tax exemption on the first 50,000 gallons of distilled spirits that it produces and distributes in Rhode Island in any calendar year.

The tax changes are effective on July 1, 2016.

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