Hundreds gather in Old City in support of beer tax reform

Hundreds gather in Old City in support of beer tax reform

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By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Nearly 200 beer enthusiasts gathered at Barley's in Old City for a campaign rally for the "Beer Tax Reform Act."

State representatives, local brewers, and beer consumers gathered in support of a new bill to alter Tennessee's beer tax.

Tennessee has the highest beer tax in the country at 17 percent. The second highest is in Alaska at a mere five percent.

The sponsors of the bill, Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) propose modernizing the 50-year-old tax policy with a simple modification: calculating the wholesale tax on volume rather than price.

"In the end we need to have a tax structure regardless of what it's on, whether it's alcohol or a business. We need to have a tax structure that rewards a business for growth and doesn't hinder it and this right here on this tax hinders business growth," Rep. Sexton said.

Rep. Sexton says they are working out the details of the bill to ensure it will be revenue neutral. The tax will remain at 17 percent so the counties that depend on the revenue will still have it, but it would stop the tax from continuing to skyrocket.

Rep. Sexton hopes to have the bill passed by the end of April.

For more information on the campaign go to www.fixthebeertax.com.

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