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Association of Brewers | How the government shutdown is affecting breweries

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Labels and permits: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is one of the agencies closed following the government shutdown (which began on December 22, 2018). The TTB has published a Notice of expiry of credits. During the shutdown, the TTB will not approve tags or process permits. Breweries should be prepared for the labeling and authorization process to take longer than expected. Also be aware that when the government is funded again, there may be a backlog. Breweries need to plan accordingly.

Taxes and transaction reports: If you have to pay federal excise taxes or file a brewer’s operating report during the shutdown, you are still required to do so. Breweries can go to pay.gov to pay their taxes and file their transaction reports.

Loans: If your brewery is in the process of applying for a loan from a bank or credit union, it is likely unable to obtain the information it needs from the federal government to process your loan. the Small Business Administration (SBA) is also closed due to the shutdown, which means small businesses will not have access to federally subsidized loans.