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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
March 11, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a bucolic and sun-filled week! This week's top stories include the results of the 2015 Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program, an offer in compromise accepted from Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC, our Permits Online tutorial, and a list of the past week's top nonbeverage alcohol pages at TTB.gov.
WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.GOV
Top NonBeverage Alcohol Pages for Feb 29 – Mar 6, 2016
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
The TTB Newsletter compiles 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.
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2015 ALCOHOL BEVERAGE SAMPLING PROGRAM RESULTS
Our 2015 Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program Results (ABSP) results are now available: 2015 Sampling Program Results - Distilled Spirits, Malt Beverages, Wine.
TTB's mission to protect the public includes ensuring that labels on alcohol beverages contain adequate descriptive information and are not likely to mislead consumers. TTB's Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program (ABSP) is a random survey of products in the marketplace to evaluate our success in meeting this mission and to determine where compliance issues exist.
Each year we conduct the ABSP by purchasing products from the marketplace and bringing them to our offices for label assessments to determine if products are in compliance with our labeling regulations. Following the label assessments, we send the products to our laboratories to undergo a series of analyses to determine compliance with certain information displayed on the product labels.
Read more about TTB’s Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program.
TTB ACCEPTS OFFER IN COMPROMISE FROM VALERO RENEWABLE FUELS COMPANY, LLC TO SETTLE VIOLATIONS OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
TTB accepted an offer in compromise from Valero Renewable Fuels, LLC, for alleged violations of the tax provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. This company voluntarily disclosed to TTB that it had failed to denature ethanol which was removed from its distilled spirits plant without prepaying the tax and filing an Excise Tax Return.
PERMITS ONLINE TUTORIAL
Thinking of getting into a TTB-regulated alcohol or tobacco business? We are pleased to offer a Permits Online Tutorial to help make applying through Permits Online a quick and easy process. Permits Online is our free, secure electronic system that allows you to apply for the type of permit, notification, or notice you need to start your TTB-regulated business, or amend your existing approvals.
Permits Online already includes a number of integrated error-checking areas that can minimize many of the mistakes and possible questions that may pop up while filling out your application. Our Permits Online Tutorial is the perfect supplement to the system, taking you step-by-step through the process of using Permits Online, from preparing and submitting your application to following the status of your application all the way to approval.
The tutorial branches into the different types of applications you may be submitting, too, and it outlines the mandatory documentation you will need, along with the documentation required by specific situations. We have even included screenshots of the Permits Online system, along with tips and some expanded explanations.