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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

June 12, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a sagacious and harmonious week! This week's top stories include an announcement for the Spring 2015 edition of the Unified Agenda, where to find answers to questions about cider regulations, information about TTB's Tip Line, and a list of the past week's top Regulatory and Formal Guidance pages at TTB.gov/.

SPRING 2015 EDITION OF THE SEMIANNUAL REGULATORY AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Spring 2015 Unified Agenda, published May 21, 2015, is now available online. Planned rulemakings for TTB are available within the Department of the Treasury's portion of the Unified Agenda.

Twice each year, the Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC) compiles and publishes online the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, or the Unified Agenda.  The Agenda includes information on all regulatory actions throughout the Federal Government, covering approximately 60 departments, agencies, and commissions. Each edition of the Agenda includes regulatory agendas from all federal entities that currently have regulations under development or review.

LEARN ABOUT CIDER REGULATIONS AT TTB.gov/

Cider… a heritage drink that's hot again! If you're interested in learning more about TTB's cider regulations, read our frequently asked questions about cider at TTB.gov/. The questions address topics that include:

  • What qualifies as cider
  • How to label cider (including cider with added flavors)
  • Which tax rates apply to various types of cider
  • How to obtain a permit from TTB to produce cider for commercial purposes

Links to these cider FAQs are also available on our Alcohol FAQs and Wine Industry pages.

REPORTING SUSPECTED FRAUD, DIVERSION, AND OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

We investigate alcohol and tobacco diversion, which refers to the movement of alcohol and tobacco products into domestic commerce without the payment of taxes. Federal law also prohibits the production of alcohol and tobacco products without the necessary permits we issued by TTB. Manufacturing alcohol or tobacco products (such as moonshine) without a permit and without payment of applicable taxes is one example of diversion. Other examples of alcohol and tobacco diversion include manufacture of product in excess of quantity reported to TTB, domestic distribution of products intended for export, smuggled products, and distribution of counterfeit products.

If you suspect alcohol or tobacco diversion, or otherwise believe a TTB permittee is not operating in compliance with federal requirements, please contact the TTB Tip Line.

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