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August 21, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a grand and graceful week! This week's top stories include an announcement about a new grape variety approved for use on American wine labels, a recent TTB enforcement action, a joint U.S. Customs and Department of the Treasury final rule about export drawback, and a list of the past week's top Pay.gov/ pages at TTB.gov/.

ADDITIONAL GRAPE VARIETY APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE

We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the Godello grape variety name on American wine labels.  Wine bottlers may use this name, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines, pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91 of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.

Visit our American Grape Variety Names page at TTB.gov/ for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.

TTB ACCEPTS OFFER IN COMPROMISE FOR ALLEGED TAX VIOLATIONS

We recently accepted a $6,000 Offer in Compromise (OIC) from Moonlight, Inc., doing business as Monroe Smoke Shop, in Monroe, Washington, to resolve alleged violations of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).  This OIC is the result of a TTB investigation that revealed multiple alleged violations stemming from Moonlight, Inc. allegedly manufacturing tobacco products without a permit and failing to pay excise tax on manufactured roll-your-own tobacco.

To view the "Abstract and Statement" and to learn more about our civil enforcement actions, please visit our Field Operations Administrative Cases page.

LIBERALIZATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE REQUIRED AS PROOF OF EXPORTATION ON DRAWBACK CLAIMS

SOURCE: Federal Register /Vol. 80, No. 152 / Friday, August 7, 2015

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Department of the Treasury.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This document amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations by removing some of the requirements for documentation used to establish proof of exportation for drawback claims. Currently, claimants must provide originally signed documentary evidence or a certified copy of such documentary evidence to establish the date and fact of exportation of articles for drawback purposes. This document also amends various sections of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to reflect that there is no longer a legal requirement that the export invoice for mail shipments be certified. Additionally, this document amends Appendix B to part 191 of title 19 so that the Appendix reflects previous regulatory amendments closing four drawback offices. Finally, this document amends CBP regulations to reflect the change from the legacy agency name of U.S. Customs Service to the current agency name of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and to make other non-substantive editorial changes.

DATES: This final rule is effective on August 7, 2015.

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