Consumer Corner

Getting Started in a TTB-Regulated Industry

We maintain and oversee a thorough application process, which is prescribed by law, for each TTB-regulated industry.  This application process ensures that those who operate a TTB-regulated business are duly qualified to do so and will conduct their operations fairly and legally.

We’ve created a tutorial that guides you through the application process for your chosen industry. You can conveniently submit your application using Permits Online.  If you are thinking about starting a business, see this comprehensive information about starting a new business, including resources from the Internal Revenue Service, BusinessUSA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

If you have any question about your business process or obtaining a permit to operate a TTB-regulated business, please contact the National Revenue Center.

Launch the Getting Started in a TTB-Regulated Industry Tutorial

This information is being issued to help the public to understand and comply with the laws and regulations that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau administers. It is not intended to establish any new, or change any existing, definitions, interpretations, standards, or procedures regarding those laws and regulations.

Description: IMPORTANT

As of January 1, 2017, if you are the proprietor of a brewery, distilled spirits plant, or winery owing not more than $50,000 in excise taxes in the previous year, and you expect to owe not more than $50,000 in excise taxes in the current year on beer, distilled spirits, or wine, you may no longer be required to hold a bond.

In addition, if you owed not more than $1,000 in excise taxes the previous year and expect to owe not more than $1,000 in the current year, you will be eligible to file your excise taxes annually, rather than semi-monthly or quarterly.

The information in this tutorial may not reflect these changes. TTB will update it as soon as possible. In the meantime, please see our Bond and Filing Changes homepage for more details.


Page last reviewed: November 7, 2016
Page last updated: December 30, 2016
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