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July 31, 2020


Greetings! This week's top news: open comment period on information collection requirements, resources available to distillers on the subject of proofing, and information about the TTB and IRS Whistleblower program.


On July 31, 2020, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we published a notice requesting public comments on three existing TTB information collections (forms, recordkeeping requirements, and surveys).  The information collections open for comment are:

  • OMB Control No. 1513-0005:  Letterhead Applications and Notices Filed by Brewers (TTB REC 5130/2); and Brewer's Notice (TTB F 5130.10).
  • OMB Control No. 1513-0036:  Signing Authority for Corporate and LLC Officials (TTB F 5100.1).
  • OMB Control No. 1513-0051:  Application for an Alcohol Fuel Producer Permit Under 26 U.S.C. 5181 (TTB F 5110.74).

To view this public notice and any comments received in response to it, go to Docket No. TTB-2020-0001 at To submit a comment electronically, use the comment form for this notice.


Distilled spirits plant (DSP) proprietors are required to determine taxes owed on spirits removed from their bonded premises. To do this, proprietors need to "gauge" the spirits, that is, determine the quantity and proof.

If you are a DSP proprietor, it is important that you know how to proof your spirits correctly. Below you'll find some resources to help you with the proofing process.

TTB Proofing Resources

TTB and IRS Whistleblower Program

The TTB and IRS Whistleblower Program may pay money to people who blow the whistle on persons who fail to pay the tax that they owe under internal revenue laws that TTB administers and enforces. Under the program, the IRS may pay awards to people who provide specific and credible information, if the information results in the collection of proceeds. Individuals must directly submit a whistleblower claim to the IRS by completing the IRS Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information.

This whistleblower program is only intended for tips relating to violations of the Internal Revenue Code. For tips related to TTB's other authorities, such as trade practice violations or label fraud, please use the TTB Tip Line.

See the TTB and IRS Whistleblower Program page for additional information.



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