LIQUOR: Tax Tempest

Across the U.S., liquor distillers, wholesalers and retailers last week heaved a mighty sigh of relief. After a long, bitter industry fight, the whisky business finally had a new set of excise tax rules. Under the Forand bill, which was last week signed into law by President Eisenhower, distillers no longer must pay the excise tax of $10.50 per gal. on liquor held in Government bond upon withdrawal or automatically after eight years of storage. They now may hold it up to 20 years without paying the tax.

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