SAVE THE DATE - WET Rebate SA Regional Seminars - Book now for November 2017

Monday, Sep 4, 2017

WET Reforms Seminars - South Australia
Plan to claim the WET Rebate? What you need to know.

The Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) legislation changes were agreed by the Australian Parliament on 17 August 2017 and are now law, known as theTreasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measure No.4) Act 2017.  Winemakers who currently access the rebate, or sell grapes to a wine producer who receives the rebate, will need to understand the implications of the changes.

Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) is working with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to develop guidance on the key changes before the next vintage.  

WFA and South Australia Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) will be hosting a series of seminars with the ATO and Wine Australia as guest speakers, free of charge, in the following regions:

  • Renmark                   Monday          20 November       2pm - 5pm - Renmark Hotel Motel, Murray Ave, Renmark
  • Barossa Valley          Monday          27 November     10am - 1pm - Barossa Weintal Hotel, 235 Murray Street, Tanunda
  • McLaren Vale            Tuesday         28 November     10am - 1pm - McLaren Vale Motel 7 Apartments, Cnr Main Road & Caffrey Street, McLaren Vale
  • Coonawarra              Wednesday   29 November       2pm - 5pm - Chardonnay Lodge, 15006 Riddoch Highway Coonawarra

There is no charge to attend this event but registration is required

Please complete the online registration,WET Rebate SA Regional Seminars - Book now for November 2017for your preferred regional location or contact Deirdre Doyle at SAWIA Office on 08 8222 9277 or  

The ATO will provide guidance on key issues arising from the legislative changes, including

Demonstrating proof of grape ownership

To be eligible to claim the WET rebate, ownership of the grapes will mean that some form of contract must be in place at the weighbridge (prior to crushing). This may take the form of an exchange of letters, but a more formal contract is likely to provide more surety.

Required record-keepin

The ATO will require record keeping to demonstrate ownership of the grapes from the crusher through to the final product.

Implications for contractual arrangements

Retention of title clauses may mean that ownership does not pass to the grape purchaser at the weighbridge. Therefore, such clauses may not satisfy WET eligibility requirements.

Distributor model implications

Some distribution models will require different payment forms. For example, if a producer sells to a distributer, they can quote, but if that distributer on-sells to a further distributer, no rebate will be available, but WET will be payable.

Trademark requirements

Although the intention in the legislation is for ‘parent’ trademarks to cover all the associated trademarks for the eligibility provisions, this needs to be clarified in the ATO guidance.

Transitional arrangements

The transitional provisions are complex and require clear guidance on the treatment of existing bottled product and that in barrels, as well as the differences applying to table and fortified products.

In addition, Wine Australia has agreed to provide an information briefing on the grant components of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package and the $10 million Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant program. 

There are three grants under the Package:

  • Program 2: Wine Export Grants are offered to small and medium wine exporters for specific export promotion activities aimed at increasing wine exports to China and the US. Applicants will be eligible for grants of up to $50,000 under this program.
  • Program 3a: Capturing Growth in International Tourism State Grants provide state wine industry associations with access to funding to support a collaborative, strategic approach towards attracting and maximizing international wine tourism.
  • Program 3b: Capturing Growth in International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants provide a range of stakeholders across Australia with the opportunity to apply for funding, on a competitive basis, towards initiatives that will grow international tourism in wine areas.

For more information on the Package see:

All of these issues have very important implications and attendance is a must for all businesses.