December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended

 

December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

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WSWA Key Issues

Advancing the Interests and Independence of Wholesalers

WSWA represents its members before Congress, executive agencies, regulatory bodies, courts, and other alcohol beverage industry organizations. The association monitors and advocates on numerous federal, state, and regulatory issues affecting wine and spirits wholesalers and the beverage alcohol industry. 
 
 

Federal Key Issue - LIFO Repeal

LIFO (Last-In, First-Out) is a widely-accepted inventory accounting used by large and small companies throughout the U.S. economy since 1938. Virtually every WSWA member company uses the LIFO method.

Federal Key Issue - Pass Through Entity Taxation

Any tax reform effort must be comprehensive in nature – taking into account changes to both personal and corporate tax rates. In recent years, there have been attempts to force most pass through entities – S corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, etc. – to become C corporations.

Federal Key Issue - TTB Funding

Congress should fully fund the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) at $111 million in FY 2017, including $5 million dedicated to trade practice enforcement.

  • 2017 Winter State Policy Conference

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    Dec 6, 2017

    The Winter State Policy Conference provides an opportunity for wholesaler state association leaders to discuss the political and legal issues facing wholesalers across the country. By comparing notes and discussing strategy, the meeting increases the effectiveness of state associations and allows wholesalers to speak with a unified voice. The WSWA staff use this as an opportunity to receive input from state associations leaders and the implementation of national legislative and legal goals. View the 2017 agenda here. 2017 Winter State Policy Conference The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, CA December 6-8, 2017 For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

  • Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

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    Apr 30, 2018

    Mark Your Calendars: 75th Annual Convention & Exposition April 30 - May 3, 2018 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV 2018 Fly-In & “Toast to Congress” June 12-13, 2018 Hotel Location TBD Washington, DC The “Toast to Congress” will be held at Eastern Market 76th Annual Convention & Exposition March 31 - April 3, 2019 Grande Lakes Orlando Orlando, FL 2019 Fall Membership Meeting October 14-15, 2019 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC 77th Annual Convention & Exposition April 21-23, 2020 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

  • By the Numbers: The Wine and Spirits Industry

    September 27, 2017

    American family-owned wine and spirits wholesalers are the local marketing and logistic experts in every state and every Congressional district. Members of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America deliver the widest variety of beverage alcohol products anywhere in the world in a manner that is safe, transparent, well-regulated, and efficiently taxed.

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

    September 26, 2017

    The nation’s nearly 3,000 wine and spirits wholesaler locations are the crucial part of the responsible and efficient distribution system that delivers adults the widest variety of products available anywhere in the world in a manner that controls access for of-age consumers, delivers tax revenue to local, state and federal governments, and ensures product safety and consumer protection.

  • WSWA Lauds House Passage of Tax Reform Plan

    November 16, 2017

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), the trade association representing American family-owned distributors today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing its tax reform plan. WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf released the following statement:

  • Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Support Senate Tax Reform Proposal

    November 16, 2017

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), the trade association representing American family-owned distributors today lauded the U.S. Senate’s tax reform plan saying the proposal will benefit its members and their tens of thousands of employees in every corner of the country. WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf released the following statement:

  • Distributor Group Supports Tax Reform to Help American Businesses and Workers

    November 3, 2017

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), the trade association representing the country’s family-owned distributors today praised Chairman Brady’s recently released tax reform plan, H.R. 1, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” and urged Congress to act quickly.