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TTB Newsletter for September 6, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a prudent and propitious week! This week's top stories include information about a new labeling resource, an announcement about our recent enforcement efforts connected to cigarette-making machines, and a list of this week's most popular taxes and filing aids at

In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

Please send any questions or comments to the Executive Liaison for Industry and State Matters,

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We've added a new resource to our labeling pages at!

We know the time needed to get TTB-approval for your alcohol beverage labels can affect the timeline for getting your products into the marketplace.  You've told us you want as much up-to-date information as possible about how long you can expect it to take to get your label applications processed to help you manage your internal processes and plans.

We heard your concerns and we're happy to announce our new Processing Times for Label Applications page. View this page check the Current Label Processing Times chart, which shows up-to-date processing information for alcohol beverage label applications.

The Processing Times for Label Applications page is updated daily so you get the most current information possible. 

You might want to bookmark this page for quick access, but you can also find links to this resource from many other pages at, including the Labeling Home Page and the Labeling Resources Page. You can also sign up to receive email notifications when we update the page.


From the announcement:

As TTB explained in public guidance TTB G 2012-3, issued in October 2012, any person who for commercial purposes makes available, for consumer use (including the consumer's personal consumption or use), a machine capable of making tobacco products is a "manufacturer of tobacco products" under section 5702 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC). A person may not engage in the business as a manufacturer of tobacco products without a permit issued by TTB, and tax must be paid on the tobacco products manufactured. TTB is investigating locations without TTB permits where cigarette-making machines (or "roll-your-own machines" or "RYO machines") are being made available for consumer use. More > > >

Read the full announcement for more details about our enforcement efforts: Enforcement Efforts in Connection with Cigarette-Making Machines

More information about cigarette-making machines available for consumer use, including the permit process and filing a bond, is available on our website:

Please review the announcement and our frequently asked questions mentioned above. If you still have questions about applying for a permit, submitting tax returns, calculating the tax, paying special (occupational) tax, obtaining a bond, and complying with recordkeeping, reporting, and inventory requirements, please contact the National Revenue Center at 877-882-3277.


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