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April 15, 2016


Greetings! We hope you had a stunning and lively week! This week's top stories include an announcement about our change to “https” on TTB.gov/, helpful hints and tips for completing TTB forms, a reminder to file operational reports on time, and a list of the past week's top application processing times pages at TTB.gov/.


In the continuing effort to improve the safety of our systems, we updated our website, www.ttb.gov/, from the usual “http://” to the more secure “https://”. This change took place on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

What does this mean?

  • Https is a method of securing the traffic on the web via the use of strong encryption so that you are confident that you are visiting the site you intended to visit, and so that your visit remains private.
  • Whenever you go to a banking site, try to complete a purchase on Amazon™ or login to your Gmail™ account, you may notice the site is “https” and not the standard “http”. This is because the site is using encryption to better safeguard your information.
  • TTB is constantly taking steps to better safeguard your information, and so this change is necessary.

What do I need to do?

  • Going forward, instead of navigating to http://www.ttb.gov/, instead use https://www.ttb.gov/.
  • Update any shortcuts, favorites, or links you may have that use “http” to the newer “https.”

What if I still use “http” and not “https”?

We have the site configured so that you will be automatically forwarded to the new siteusing https. If this does not happen, please let us know by contacting TTB.HelpDesk@ttb.gov/.

Read the TTB announcement for more details.


Let TTB make things simpler for you with quick tips and helpful hints in completing common tasks or reporting required information.  Be sure to check out our glossary if you run across any unfamiliar terms.

These hints and tips can help you complete some of our more commonly used forms. For more information about forms or a complete listing of all TTB forms see the forms main page.

Operational Reports Tutorials
Visit our TTB Forms Helpful Hints and Tools page to access tutorials that guide you through the various form fields. You may also conveniently file these reports electronically using Pay.gov/.

  • 5110.11 – Monthly Report of Storage Operations (Distilled Spirits Plant)
  • 5110.28 – Monthly Report of Processing Operations (Distilled Spirits Plant)
  • 5110.40 – Monthly Report of Production Operations (Distilled Spirits Plant)
  • 5110.43 – Monthly Report of Processing (Denaturing) Operations (Distilled Spirits Plant)
  • 5120.17 – Report of Wine Premises Operation (Please click the red question marks (?) on the example form under FAQ’s to display the line instructions)
  • 5130.9 – Brewer's Report of Operations
  • 5620.8b – Claim -- Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Taxes


We did an analysis which showed that many industry members who are required to file operational reports do not file them on time in compliance with federal regulations.  Failure to file required operational reports by the due date is a violation of the conditions of your permit and can lead to adverse action.

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind members of the wine, beer, distilled spirits, and tobacco industries who are subject to operational report filing requirements of the due dates for these reports:

FILING TIP: We have noticed that industry members who file their operational reports via Pay.gov/ have a better record of filing on time!

Why not sign up to use Pay.gov/ today?

Please visit the homepage of TTB.gov/ for the most recent news, or visit the Contact Us page if you have any questions.