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August 15, 2016 | John DeVore and Mary Jo Zuelsdorf

​Understanding Unclaimed Property: What Colorado Breweries Need to Know

Busy craft breweries with tap rooms and retail outlets must comply with an almost overwhelming number of rules and regulations. But we will bet you a beer you haven’t heard of this one: the “non-tax tax,” otherwise known as unclaimed or escheat property. Read on »

May 20, 2016

2015 Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey Report

​EKS&H, the leading audit, tax, technology and business consulting firm serving the craft brewing industry, conducted an annual survey of industry leaders based on 2014-2015 financial statement results. The survey covered a variety of information including strategy and... Read on »

February 9, 2016 | John Devore and Mike Madden

Craft Brewery Tax Strategies – Using P.A.T.H. to Reduce Your Taxes

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion tax and spending bill that contains major benefits to craft brewers and the brewing industry. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 extended some tax laws and made some tax laws permanent that may significantly reduce craft brewers’ tax bills. Read on »

February 9, 2016 | John Devore and Mike Madden

Tax Strategies to Accelerate the Expense of Kegs

Craft brewers face a number of obstacles in an increasingly competitive market. The EKS&H 2014 Craft Brewing Financial Benchmarking Survey identified challenges that include finding and retaining the right employees, improving production efficiency and profitability, and acquiring capital. Another challenge is the significant cost of brewing equipment. Read on »

July 7, 2015 | John DeVore and Mike Madden

Money-Saving Tax Strategies for Craft Breweries

Breweries that are expanding into new facilities or expanding current operations can use cost segregation to reduce their tax burdens. For example, rather than applying a standard 39-year depreciation to a brewhouse and everything attached to it, a brewery may apply a shorter schedule to certain specialty items. The determination of which items are eligible for cost segregation requires an engineering-based study, which identifies building parts that can be depreciated over a shorter lifespan.  Read on »

July 25, 2014 | Sandy Shoemaker and Mike Madden

Is An Employee Stock Ownership Plan Right for Your Brewery?

In what may be the first sign of a trend in the craft brewing industry, both New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, have completed a sale of at least part of the company to its employees. New Belgium transitioned from a partial to full ESOP-owned business and Deschutes has initiated a minority-ownership ESOP model. Read on »

February 8, 2014

2014 Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey

EKS&H, the leading audit, tax, and business consulting firm serving the craft brewing industry, conducted its annual survey of clients and friends based on 2013 financial statement results. Read on »

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