Walczyk to Cuomo - remove the tax on hand sanitizer
Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I, Watertown) has called on Gov. Cuomo to waive
the state’s excise tax on small businesses that stepped up to offer their services to the people of
the state during this extraordinary public health crisis. In particular, Walczyk is looking for relief
for a number of farm distilleries in the Front Yard of America that have changed their businesses
from manufacturing spirits to hand sanitizer and other cleaning products. Until the tax is waived,
these businesses will continue to be charged a $6.20 (or more) excise tax for every gallon of
alcohol that leaves their facility — nearly half the total production cost of the product.
“If a business has done a 180 to help the people of New York, the state should be doing everything in their power to further enable that business to maximize their ability to produce the goods people need,” said Walczyk.
“Small businesses like farm distilleries are already operating within a very small margin, and in this time of crisis every penny available to them helps keep another person employees and production up and running for the community’s greater good.”
Because the excise tax is nearly half the total cost of production and the Assemblyman
believes we should be looking for ways to save money for businesses as well as consumers,
Walczyk has contacted the governor’s office in hopes he will use his executive powers to waive
the fees. He hopes this change will continue to extend the distilleries production capacity during
the foreseeable future as the state continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic.