7. - Identify, in cooperation with state agencies, options for improving Federal Excise Taxes (FET).

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 11

The primary means of funding wildlife conservation is the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, which collects a federal excise tax and distributes funding to states. An examination of this program should:

  • Solicit information from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Excise Tax working group and equipment manufacturers and retailers.
  • Consider expanding or reducing the categories of hunting and fishing equipment currently subject to FET.
  • Consider including or excluding categories of wildlife dependent recreation and associated equipment—but only in close coordination with a representative group of affected participants and manufacturing industry that share a desire to have a particular type of equipment included or removed.
  • Educate consumers and the public about the categories currently subject to FET, the amount paid, and how the funding is used.
  • Develop legislative recommendations to reduce the costs and administrative burdens on manufacturers subject to the FET (i.e., quarterly payments, rather than weekly).

Assessment of Status: Partially Complete

Conversations regarding improving the FET have begun. In addition, the passage of the Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010 and outreach on the 75th anniversary of WSFR represent progress towards improving the FET. Albeit additional opportunities exist to review changes to the categories of products subject to the FET.

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