The $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday, March 27, provides companies in the United States a temporary exemption from alcohol excise taxes for alcohol used in or contained in hand sanitizer.


According to the stimulus package, companies that are making hand sanitizer do not have to pay excise taxes on the alcohol used to make the product between December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2021.


The exemption applies only to hand sanitizer that is "produced and distributed in a manner consistent with any guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration that is related to the outbreak of virus SARS-CoV-2 or coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).''