FAET Obligations Update

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Following are the results of the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) collections report for the 3rd Quarter Calendar Year 2011. These figures cover the period of July 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2011.

Pistols and Revolvers:


Firearms (Other) / Long guns:


Ammunition (shells & cartridges):





3rd Quarter Calendar Year Excise Tax Obligations
Were Up 13.31 Percent Over Same Quarter Last Year

The latest Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection report released by the Department of the Treasury indicates that firearm and ammunition manufacturers reported tax liabilities of $116.76 million in the third calendar quarter of 2011; up 13.31 percent over the same time period reported in 2010.

The report which covers the time period of July 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2011, shows that $32.08 million was due in taxes for Pistols and Revolvers, $40.45 million for Firearms (other)/ Long Guns and $44.23 million for Ammunition (shells and cartridges). Compared to the same time period in 2010, tax obligations were up 24.10 percent for Pistols and Revolvers, up 22.63 percent for Firearms (other)/ Long Guns and up 0.05 percent for Ammunition (shells and cartridges).

Translation to sales:

Using the latest tax liabilities reported as an indication of sales, a projection of $1.09 billion was generated for the 3rd quarter calendar year of 2011.

Pistols and revolvers: $32,082,580.88 / .10 = $320,825,808.80 = $320.83 million for Pistols and Revolvers

Firearms (other) /Long guns: $40,449,622.34 / .11 = $367,723,839.50 = $367.72 million for Firearms (other)/ Long guns

Ammunition (shells & cartridges): $44,225,090.60 / .11 = $402,046,278.20 = $402.05 million for Ammunition (shells & cartridges)

Total estimation of sales for the quarter: $1,090,595,927.00.

Please note: These figures reflect what excise taxes the manufacturers have filed and do NOT reflect retail mark-up and final retail sales. These figures represent tax liabilities reported on returns filed as of Nov. 1, 2011 and are only accurate as of this date. Late filed or amended tax returns could be filed for this tax period after the date of this email. These late filed or amended returns will increase or decrease the tax liability for this period. Future Alcohol and Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) statistical releases will include the updated liabilities and therefore will not agree with the figures provided in this email. In addition, these amounts are the gross amounts of liability for each category -- not the net amount of FAET paid for each category. These amounts do not reflect increasing or decreasing adjustments.


For additional data on Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collections (FAET), NSSF members can log in at nssf.org/members and click "NSSF Industry Research" then "Quarterly FAET / Excise Tax Data."