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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

June 30, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes a reminder that second quarter excise tax returns will be due soon, two recent criminal cases involving tobacco, and a reminder that this is the last day to complete our 2017 TTB satisfaction survey.

QUARTERLY TAX RETURNS ARE DUE JULY 14, 2017

Proprietors of distilled spirits plants, bonded wineries, bonded wine cellars and breweries who were liable for not more than $50,000 in distilled spirits, wine or beer excise tax in the previous calendar year, and who reasonably expect to be liable for not more than $50,000 in such taxes in the current year are eligible to file tax returns on a quarterly basis. 
Quarterly returns for the second quarter of 2017 (April 1 – June 30, 2017) are due July 14, 2017.

To avoid potential penalties for filing or paying late, be sure your returns and payments are postmarked by July 14, 2017.  If you pay your taxes through Pay.gov, your ACH payment must be completed no later than 4:00 PM Eastern Time July 13, 2017.

Operational Reports

Proprietors of distilled spirits plants, bonded wineries, bonded wine cellars and breweries must also file operational reports in support of tax returns.  Both monthly and quarterly reports are due no later than July 15, 2017.

Visit our Business Central pages to view more information about how to maintain compliance in a TTB-regulated industry.

DOMINICAN MAN INDICTED FOR FEDERAL TOBACCO EXCISE FRAUD

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jose Dominguez, age 52, a resident of the Dominican Republic, was indicted by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to defraud the United States in relation to federal tobacco excise taxes on imported large cigars.

A copy of the press release may be found on the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania website.

TWO MEN CONVICTED OF CIGARETTE SMUGGLING CHARGE

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Chief Randolph J. Bernard announced that a Virginia business owner and business manager were convicted of unlawful cigarette smuggling.

Each of the defendants faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

A copy of the press release may be found on the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia website.

LAST DAY TO COMPLETE TTB'S 2017 SATISFACTION SURVEY!

Emails have gone out inviting a sample of our stakeholders to participate in the 2017 TTB Satisfaction Survey. If you received the invitation, please go ahead and take the survey—it's hosted by SurveyMonkey® and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through June 30, 2017.

Your feedback plays an important role in helping us understand your concerns, so we can shape our procedures and policies to better meet your needs.

Your responses are anonymous, and it shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to complete the survey. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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