Kentucky’s two U.S. senators have introduced legislation they say will level the playing field for American bourbon and whiskey producers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said in a news release this week that unlike most other spirits, bourbon and whiskey producers must capitalize interest expense that’s incurred to finance inventories and it isn’t deductible until the product is sold, as long as 23 years after the liquor is aged. The release said in the U.K., spirit producers may deduct interest the year it’s capitalized.
McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill that would allow American bourbon and whiskey makers to deduct interest associated with production in the year it’s paid.
McConnell said more than 15,000 jobs in Kentucky are related to the bourbon industry.