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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

November 6, 2020


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes a new grape variety approved to designate American wine, an opportunity to comment on several information collections, information about 2 OICs we accepted to settle tax liabilities, and a system outage alert for next week.

NEW GRAPE VARIETY NAME APPROVED

We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the grape variety Ciliegiolo as a type designation on American wine labels.

Wine bottlers may use this name, as well as other names granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91 of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.

Visit Grape Variety Designations on American Wine Labels at TTB.gov for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.

OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON TTB INFORMATION COLLECTIONS

On Tuesday, November 3, we published a notice requesting public comments on 11 existing TTB information collections (forms, recordkeeping and labeling requirements, and surveys).  Among these 11 collections are:

  • Application for Amended Basic Permit under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (TTB F 5100.18)
  • Application for an Industrial Alcohol User Permit (TTB F 5150.22)
  • Report–Manufacturer of Tobacco Products or Cigarette Papers and Tubes; Report­–Manufacturer of Processed Tobacco (TTB F 5210.5 and TTB F 5250.1)
  • Importer’s Record and Reports (TTB REC 5170/1)
  • Labeling of Major Food Allergens and Petitions for Exemption

To comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov comment form for the notice.  To view any comments received in response to the notice, see Regulations.gov Docket No. TTB-2020-0001.

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, TTB periodically solicits public comments on the need for our information collections, the accuracy of our burden estimates (time, effort, and cost), and on ways to minimize burden on the public.

OICS ACCEPTED FROM JACOBS TOBACCO COMPANY AND CIVITAS THERAPEUTICS

We accepted a $114,174.55 offer in compromise (OIC) from Tisha Thompson, dba Jacobs Tobacco Company, for failure to timely file returns and pay federal tobacco excise tax.

We also accepted a $516,636.78 OIC from Civitas Therapeutics to settle an alleged tax liability associated with a terminated permit and the use of tax-free spirits to manufacture a commercial product.

You can find the Jacobs Tobacco Company and the Civitas Therapeutics OICs, as well as other administrative actions, on our Administrative Actions page.

An offer in compromise allows a taxpayer to settle its tax debt for less than the full amount owed if it can establish doubt as to liability and/or collectability.

SYSTEM OUTAGE ALERT

We will be conducting system maintenance next week. The following will be unavailable during this time:

  • TTB.gov
  • COLAs Online
  • Formulas Online
  • Permits Online
  • Public COLA Registry

This outage begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 12, and all applications will return to normal operations no later than 6 a.m. ET on Friday, November 13.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

 

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