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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

May 12, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes a reminder to file required operational reports on time, indictments returned in a cigarette smuggling case, and information about how to report suspected fraud, diversion, and other illegal activity to TTB.

OPERATIONAL REPORTS MUST BE FILED ON TIME - KNOW YOUR DUE DATES

Many industry members who are required to file operational reports either do not file them at all or do not file them by the deadlines specified in our regulations. Failure to file required operational reports by the due date is a violation of the conditions of your permit and can lead to TTB taking action against your permit.

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 online in Pay.gov have a better record of filing on time!

VIRGINIA COMPANY AND FIVE INDIVIDUALS INDICTED ON CIGARETTE SMUGGLING CHARGES

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Chief Randolph J. Bernard, announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging five individuals and a Virginia-based company with unlawful cigarette smuggling.

Each of the defendants faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
A copy of the press release is available at the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia website.

REPORTING SUSPECTED FRAUD, DIVERSION, AND OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

TTB investigates alcohol and tobacco diversion, which refers to the movement of alcohol and tobacco products into domestic commerce without the payment of taxes. Federal law also prohibits the production of alcohol and tobacco products without the necessary permits we issue. Manufacturing alcohol or tobacco products (such as moonshine) without a permit and without payment of applicable taxes is one example of diversion. Other examples of alcohol and tobacco diversion include manufacture of product in excess of quantity reported to TTB, domestic distribution of products intended for export, smuggled products, and distribution of counterfeit products.

If you suspect alcohol or tobacco diversion, or otherwise believe a TTB permittee is not operating in compliance with federal requirements, contact the TTB Tip Line by phone at 855-TTB-TIPS or by email at tips@ttb.gov.

 

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