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January 13, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings!  This week's top news includes that we canceled our ITDS pilot program, published a notification increasing the maximum civil penalty for violations of the Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act, and are offering assistance to those industry members who were affected by recent storms, flooding, and other events in California.


CANCELLATION OF TTB ITDS PILOT TEST PROGRAM

In a notice published in the Federal Register of January 9, 2017, we announced the cancellation of our pilot program in which importers tested, as part of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) project, the electronic collection of import-related data required by us and the transfer of that data to us. 

In a recently-published final rule, we amended our regulations to permanently provide importers with the option to file import-related data electronically along with the filing of the entry or entry summary with CBP, making the pilot program no longer necessary. For details, see T.D. TTB-145, Amendments to Streamline Importation and Facilitate Use of the International Trade Data System. The pilot program cancellation and the ITDS final rule were both effective on December 31, 2016. Please see the ITDS webpage for more information on our implementation of ITDS, including a link to the filing guide for TTB regulated commodities.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LABELING ACT PENALTY ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION

The Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988 (ABLA) requires a government health warning statement to appear on all containers of alcoholic beverages sold or distributed in the United States. ABLA provides that any person who violates the provisions of the ABLA is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $10,000, with each day constituting a separate offense. However, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended, requires agencies to make periodic cost-of-living adjustments to civil monetary penalties.

On Tuesday, January 10, we published the latest civil monetary penalty adjustment notification, adjusting the maximum penalty for ABLA violations from $19,787 to $20,111, per offense.

For more information, visit our Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act Penalty page at TTB.gov/.

ASSISTANCE FOR INDUSTRY MEMBERS IMPACTED BY RECENT STORMS AND RELATED EVENTS

TTB recognizes that the devastation caused by recent storms, flooding, and other related events in California, may have affected industry members' operations. As a result, they may not be able to timely file excise tax returns or timely pay or deposit the excise taxes administered by TTB, as required by the Internal Revenue Code. TTB will consider waiving late filing, payment, or deposit penalties on a case-by case basis. Waivers will be approved based on the statutory standard of reasonable cause and a lack of willful neglect.

To qualify for a waiver, industry members must contact the TTB National Revenue Center and be able to demonstrate that the storms or related events directly affected their ability to timely file tax returns and/or pay or deposit excise taxes.
Contact the National Revenue Center at:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
550 Main Street
Suite 8002
Cincinnati, OH 45202-5215

Toll free: 877-882-3277
Email: ttbquestions@ttb.gov/

For additional information, see When Disaster Strikes at TTB.gov/.

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