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TTB Announcement

Waiver of Excise Tax Penalties for Businesses Affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey

August 30, 2017

TTB recognizes that the devastation caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey has affected the operations of certain taxpayers. As a result, those taxpayers may not be able to timely file or timely make payment or deposit of excise taxes administered and enforced by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), as required under the Internal Revenue Code.

In light of this, TTB will waive late filing, payment, or deposit penalties on a case-by-case basis. Wherever warranted, waivers will be approved based on the statutory standard of reasonable cause and a lack of willful neglect demonstrated by the taxpayer.

Affected taxpayers include all taxpayers located in areas declared a Major Disaster by the President of the United States. Please visit the Major Disaster Declarations page at FEMA.gov, to determine if your business is located in one of the disaster areas.

The waiver of penalties may also apply to taxpayers such as relief workers, taxpayers whose place of employment is located in an affected area, and taxpayers whose records are maintained in the above areas.

To qualify for a waiver, a taxpayer must:

  • Demonstrate, to the satisfaction of TTB, that recent floods or related events directly affected their ability to timely file, pay, or deposit; and

  • Contact the TTB National Revenue Center (NRC) in any of the following ways:

    • By mail
      550 Main Street, Room 8002
      Cincinnati, OH 45202-5215
    • By telephone (toll free)
      877-882-3277
See When Disaster Strikes for more information on disaster claims.