Staying Compliant: What You Should Know about Paying Federal Excise Taxes and Filing Operational Reports

Posted 02/19/2020 by the Office of Communications

Staying Compliant: Taxes

As a TTB-regulated industry member, you may be responsible for paying federal excise taxes and filing operational reports. Your obligations will depend on your circumstances and business type. (See the 2020 due dates or the chart below for your business situation.)

2020 Tax Returns and Reports Due Dates

Alcohol and Tobacco Excise Tax Returns

Annual Filers Due Date
Quarterly Tax Due Dates
Semi-Monthly Tax Due Dates

Alcohol and Tobacco Operational Reports

Operational Reports Due Dates

Alcohol and Tobacco Export Documentation
Export Documentation Due Dates

Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Returns
Excise Tax Due Dates


Don’t Miss Due Dates

By filing on time, you can avoid penalties and interest. So let us help you be prepared when the time comes!  Subscribe to receive automated email reminders when it's your time to file. You can get your filing done on time (or even early) and avoid the stress of searching for last-minute tax information.


Save time and file online. You may be eligible for filing electronically with, a convenient and fast way to make secure electronic tax payments and submit operational reports to TTB.

There are some requirements for becoming a user, including having signing authority or power of attorney and submitting a user agreement.

Learn more about getting started on TTB’s customer page.

Related Resources

Federal Excise Tax Rates
Operational Reports
TTB’s customer page
Penalties and Interest



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Page last reviewed: February 19, 2020
Page last updated: February 19, 2020
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