Pennsylvania may approve out of state direct to home wine shipments

PA may approve out of state direct to home wine shipmentsPennsylvania may approve out of state direct to home wine shipments

The Morning Call of Leigh Valley, Pennsylvania reports that there is growing bipartisan support in the Pennsylvania Legislature to legalize direct shipment of wines from out of state wineries to people’s homes in the state.  The Legislature is currently also in midst of largely partisan battle over the proposed privatization of the state’s liquor industry.  Currently Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are two of the largest states not to allow out of state wineries to ship directly to consumers, despite a United States Supreme Court Decision ordering states to allow such shipments.

Currently, wineries that want to ship directly to Pennsylvania consumers must obtain a special “limited winery” license from the state’s Liquor Control Board. Only a handful of wineries outside the state have such a license, according to the PLCB.  The bill would allow a winery to ship any quantity of wine into the commonwealth, directly to a consumer who is at least 21 years of age. The winery must collect the 6 percent sales tax and the 18 percent Johnstown Flood Tax and remit these taxes to the Department of Revenue, according to a memo seeking co-sponsor for the bill.

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