The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is once again moving to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic by extending the takeaway beer repackaging concession from 31 January 2022 to 30 April 2022.

This concession allows alcohol service venues facing COVID-19 restrictions to repackage excise duty-paid kegged beer for takeaway sale in sealed containers (such as growlers) without needing:

  • an excise manufacturer licence
  • to pay further excise duty.

The ATO said that it understands many businesses in the alcohol service industry have been facing difficulties due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This concession applies to alcohol service venues operating under COVID-19 restrictions, for example where they:

  • are restricted to takeaway service only
  • have to apply to the four-square metre rule
  • have limits on the number of customers allowed in an enclosed space.

These changes have been published on the ATO’s website, at Excise on alcohol.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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