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Schumer: ‘End Canadian tax on NY wines’

on 08/08/12 at 8:29 am


Tourists spent $60 million in Yates County in 2011, but New York wine sales are undermined by taxes of up to 100 percent  for Canadians returning home.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer believes eliminating this wine tax disparity between Canada and the U.S. would be an economic boost for his state’s winery businesses, and has asked U.S. trade representatives to prioritize getting a commitment from Canadian leaders to address the wine tax in trade negotiations.

Schumer stood with vineyard owners and leaders of the wine industry and local government at Keuka Spring Vineyards in Milo to announce renewed efforts to eliminate restrictive Canadian wine taxation policies that put New York wineries at a competitive disadvantage.

“Canadians should fulfill their commitment and uncork the potential for Yates County wineries,” said Schumer in a prepared speech. “Yates County wineries are missing out on barrels of business because of burdensome taxes on Canadian visitors to our wineries.