New Pennsylvania Brewery Tax Goes Into Effect

New Pennsylvania Brewery Tax Goes Into Effect


BOILER ROOM AS WELL AS IN A COMMONS AREA. SCHOOL IS TEN ACTIVITY PLANNED TO REOPEN ON THURSDAY. BE READY TO SPEND MORE ON YOUR BEER AT LOCAL BREWIES. THERE IS A NEW BEER TAX. GREG ARGOS IS LIVE AT 22ND AND WASHINGTON WITH WHAT THIS MEANS WHEN YOU CLOSE OUT YOUR TAB. HI, GREG. REPORTER: HEY THERE, JESS TODAY. YEAH, THIS BEER TAX IS SO NEW MOST BEER DRINKERS WE SPOKE WITH HAD NOT EVEN HEARD ABOUT IT. AND MOST BREW PUBS AT LEAST SAY THEY ARE NOW GOING TO BE DRINKING THAT EXTRA COST. THAT ICE COLD BEER YOU ENJOY AT YOUR FAVORITE BREW PUB IS NOW A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE. WE GOT HIT WITH THE SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX AWHILE BACK SO JUST MORE OF A PRICE TO PAY. IT’S, YOU KNOW, NOT A GREAT THING TO SEE. Reporter: LAWMAKERS IN HARRISBURG PASSED THE BEER TAX IN JUNE AND IT WENT INTO EFFECT TUESDAY. BREW PUBS WHICH SELL THEIR VERY OWN PRODUCT ARE AFFECTED. THE TAX IS CALCULATED BY MULTIPLYING 25 PERCENT OF ALL RETAIL SALES BY THE LOCAL SALES TAX. IN PHILADELPHIA COUNTY, THAT MEANS THE BEER YOU’RE NURSING JUST WENT UP BY TWO PERCENT. IT MIGHT BE TEN, $0.15 ON A PINT OF BEER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. Reporter: MATT INIS IS THE LEAD BREWER AT DOCK STREET SOUTH AND THOUGH HE SAYS IT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE MUCH, IT SURE ADDS UP. THAT’S NOT NOTHING OVER THE COURSE OF TIME. Reporter: LIKE MOST LOCAL BREWERIES WE SPOKE WITH, BUSINESSES ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY’RE GOING TO HANDLE IT. THAT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO EITHER HAVE TO EAT OURSELVES WHICH WOULD NOT BE GREAT OR PASS ALONG TO THE CONSUMERS SNOOZE THE TAX THEN GUEST PASSED INTO THE PENNSYLVANIA’S GENERAL FUND WHICH GOES TOWARD GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICES. WITH ANY ADDITIONAL TAX YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE IT HOPEFULLY GETS APPROPRIATED IN THE RIGHT WAY. SORT OF MIXED RESULTS LIKE WITH THE SODA TAX FOR MORE OF A PRICE TO PAY FOR DRINKING ANYTHING AT THIS POINT IN PHILADELPHIA. Reporter: QUESTION NOW IS WILL A PRICE JUMP IN THAT IPA DIP DRINKING HABITS FOR BEER LOVERS. I THINK MOST PEOPLE AREN’T GOING TO BE AWARE OF IT. I WILL A PROBABLY STILL BE DRINKING BEER BUT I MAY BE LESS INCLINED TO BUY SOMETHING THAT MAY BE A LITTLE BIT PRICEYER. Reporter: SO UKEE, JESS, $0.10 A BEER OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR, YOU CAN SEE HOW IT CAN ADD UP FOR THESE BREW PUBS. THIS ONLY EMPLOYEES TO BEERS SOLD AND BREW PUBS OR BREWERIES. IT DOT NOT APPLY TO BEER SOLD AT

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