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September 23, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a trouble-free and productive week! This week's top stories include announcements for a proposal to expand the Outer Coastal Plain AVA in southeastern New Jersey, a reminder that there are 3 tax return periods in September, as well as a list of the past week's top pages at TTB.gov/.


TTB PROPOSES EXPANSION OF THE "OUTER COASTAL PLAIN" AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREA

We are accepting comments through November 21, 2016, on Notice No. 162, Proposed Expansion of the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, which published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2016. The proposal would expand the existing 2.25 million-acre “Outer Coastal Plain” viticultural area in southeastern New Jersey by approximately 32,932 acres. The proposed expansion area and the established viticultural area are not located within any other established viticultural area.

We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed by the owner of a vineyard and a winery located within the proposed expansion area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

You may comment on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule, selected supporting materials, and any comments we receive about this proposal at Regulations.gov/ within Docket No. TTB–2016–0008. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine – Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 162.

Read the press release: Proposed Expansion of the "Outer Coastal Plain" Viticultural Area.

REMINDER: SEPTEMBER HAS THREE EXCISE TAX RETURN PERIODS FOR SEMI-MONTHLY FILERS

Alcohol & Tobacco Semi-monthly Tax Return Due Dates for Revenue Producing Plants
CALENDAR YEAR 2016

Serial Number

Return Period

Due Date

17

September 1-15

September 29

18

September 16-25

September 28 Non-EFT

18

September 16-26

September 29 EFT

19

September 26-30

October 14 Non-EFT

19

September 27-30

October 14 EFT

EFT = Electronic Funds Transfer

Did you ever wonder why there are 3 return periods in September? The Uruguay Round Agreements Act, enacted on December 8, 1994, amended the law relating to the payment of certain excise taxes. The new law permanently accelerated the payment of taxes due on distilled spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products, and cigarette papers and tubes for the second semimonthly period of September. This law splits the second semimonthly period of September into two payment periods and requires receipt of payment as shown above for both EFT taxpayers and those who pay by check or money order (Non-EFT) for the month of September.

This only affects taxpayers who file and pay on a semi-monthly basis, and not those who file and pay quarterly or annually.

See Industry Circular No. 95-4, dated July 21, 1995, for additional information.

 

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