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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

October 23, 2020


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes information for industry members whose operations have been impacted by a natural disaster, proposals for two new American Viticultural Areas, and information about how to comment on proposed changes to TTB regulations.

DISASTER RELIEF

TTB recognizes that the devastation caused by natural disasters may severely impact the operations of some industry members and taxpayers.

If your business is affected by a natural disaster and you have questions about your ability to maintain TTB-regulated operations, pay taxes, or other TTB-related issues, please contact us toll free at 877-882-3277 or online via the National Revenue Center contact form.

State and local jurisdictions may offer additional relief options. Please check with the appropriate alcohol beverage or tobacco authorities in your state.

For additional information see Disaster Relief and Financial Hardship.

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON TWO NEW PROPOSED AVAS

In the Federal Register of Friday, October 23, 2020, we published proposals to establish two new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), i.e., grape growing regions. We are accepting comments through December 22, 2020, on both proposals. You can view the proposed boundaries of each on our AVA Map Explorer.

Goose Gap. Notice No. 196. This proposed 8,129-acre AVA is located in Benton County, Washington, and it is located within the established Yakima Valley and Columbia Valley viticultural areas. We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed on behalf of the local grape growers and winemakers.

See Docket No. TTB–2020–0011 at Regulations.gov for additional details and to submit comments electronically.

Lower Long Tom. Notice No.197. The proposed 25,000-acre AVA is located in Lane and Benton Counties, Oregon, and it is located within the established Willamette Valley viticultural area. We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed on behalf of the local grape growers and winemakers.

See Docket No. TTB–2020–0012 at Regulations.gov for additional details and to submit comments electronically.

INTERESTED IN OPPORTUNITIES TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO TTB REGULATIONS?

There are several reasons why we may propose changes to our regulations, including to:

  • reduce burdens on industry members or streamline regulatory requirements
  • implement new legislation
  • respond to a petition for change received from a member of the public or regulated industry

We encourage the public to submit comments on our proposals. We consider all the comments received and revise the final regulation if appropriate, based on what we learn from the comments.

To view proposals that are currently open for comment visit Notices of Proposed Rulemaking.

To view how we’ve finalized regulation proposals visit Treasury Decisions.

 

 

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