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  • Producer rebate

    Wine producers may be entitled to a credit (producer rebate) of the wine equalisation tax (WET) amount they have paid on a dealing with wine, or the amount of WET they would have paid on the dealing if the buyer did not quote their ABN.

    From 1 July 2018, the maximum amount that can be claimed each financial year is $350,000.

    Before 1 July 2018, the maximum amount that could be claimed each financial year was $500,000.

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    Eligibility for the producer rebate

    To claim the producer rebate you must meet eligibility criteria.

    Different criteria apply depending on when the winemaking process started. You need to determine whether your wine is:

    Different eligibility rules apply for wine that was in the process of being manufactured into fortified wine on 1 January 2018.

    See also:

    • WETR 2009/2 Wine equalisation tax: operation of the producer rebate for other than New Zealand participants (paragraphs 61AAQ to 61ABC (2017 year and earlier fortified wine)).

    2018 and later vintage wine

    To be eligible to claim the WET producer rebate you must:

    • be the producer of the wine
    • be liable to pay WET or sell the wine under quote to a purchaser who declared in the quote that they will be liable for WET on a subsequent dealing in the wine
    • own the source product (for example, whole unprocessed grapes, apples, pears, other fruit or vegetables, honey, and rice) that makes up at least 85% of the total volume of the wine throughout the wine making process
    • sell the wine in a container with a capacity of five litres or less (51 litres for cider and perry) that is suitable for retail sale and branded by a trade mark owned by you (or an associated entity).

    2017 and earlier vintage wine sold or dealt with from 1 July 2018

    To be eligible for the WET producer rebate on 2017 and earlier vintage wines sold or dealt with from 1 July 2018 you must:

    • be the producer of the wine
    • be liable to pay WET or sell the wine under quote to a purchaser who declared in the quote that they will be liable for WET on a subsequent dealing in the wine
    • own the source product (for example, whole unprocessed grapes, apples, pears, other fruit or vegetables, honey, and rice) that makes up at least 85% of the total volume of the wine throughout the wine making process. You are taken to have met this requirement if  you owned the wine from immediately before 1 January 2018 until you sell or deal with the wine and either
      • you sell or deal with the wine by 30 June 2023
      • the wine is sold or dealt with in a container that displays the vintage of the wine or was placed in the container before 1 July 2018
       
    • sell the wine in a container with a capacity of five litres or less (51 litres for cider and perry) that is suitable for retail sale and branded by a trade mark owned by you (or an associated entity).

    If you manufacture wine using wine as an input, you must reduce your claim by any earlier producer rebate amounts claimed for that wine.

    If you sold or dealt with 2017 and earlier vintage wine before 1 July 2018, different eligibility conditions apply for the producer rebate.

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    Meaning of producer

    To be a producer you must do one of the following:

    • manufacture the wine
    • provide source product (whole unprocessed grapes, apples or pears, other fruit or vegetables, or honey, and rice) to a contract winemaker to be made into wine on your behalf, where at all times you own the source product and the produced wine.

    You are not a producer if, for example, you simply purchase bulk wine and bottle it for sale.

    Liability for WET on subsequent dealing

    You know if a purchaser will be liable to pay WET on a subsequent dealing with the wine that you sell them under quote if they state in the quote that they do not intend to:

    • make a GST-free supply of the wine
    • on-sell the wine under quote
    • use the wine as an input into manufacture.

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    Last modified: 31 Aug 2018QC 22756