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About TTB – Who We Are

Mission | Who We Are | The TTB Story | Our Responsibilities


Our mission is to collect Federal excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and ammunition and to assure compliance with Federal tobacco permitting and alcohol permitting, labeling, and marketing requirements to protect consumers. Read more.

Who We Are

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is a bureau under the Department of the Treasury. We employ some 470 people across the country, including our Headquarters Offices in Washington, D.C., and the National Revenue Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our staff are highly educated and technically trained; more than half are analysts, chemists, investigators and auditors. In addition, a large number of employees serve as financial, legal, information management, and computer specialists.

The TTB Story

On January 24, 2003, TTB was established under the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Take a moment to view our short educational video,The TTB Story. This comprehensive historical narrative of our agency gives an overview of TTB's vision and mission, which date back to the first federal taxes levied on distilled spirits in 1791!

Our Responsibilities

Our main responsibilities are protecting the public and collecting the revenue. We carry out these responsibilities by developing regulations, analyzing products, and ensuring tax and trade compliance with the Federal Alcohol Administration Act and the Internal Revenue Code.

Description: CONTACT US
Questions? For questions relating to taxes and permit applications contact the National Revenue Service. You may also write us at:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
1310 G Street, NW., Box 12
Washington, DC 20005

Page last reviewed/updated: 11/05/2014

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