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October 6, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes a revised ruling on freshness dating and allowable returns of malt beverages, a guilty plea stemming from a TTB tax evasion criminal investigation, indictments on cigarette smuggling charges, and a hiring announcement for labeling specialists in TTB.

REVISED RULING - FRESHNESS DATING AND ALLOWABLE RETURNS OF MALT BEVERAGE PRODUCTS UNDER THE FAA ACT

In 2012, we issued TTB Ruling 2012-4, which clarified the circumstances under which retailers may return to wholesalers, and under which wholesalers may receive, malt beverage products that have been deemed unsuitable for sale because of freshness concerns without violating the consignment sales provision of the FAA Act. Subsequently, TTB has received questions from industry members about whether the holding in TTB Ruling 2012-4 also applies to transactions between a wholesaler and a brewer. 

We recently published TTB Ruling 2017-2 which modifies and supersedes TTB Ruling 2012-4 and clarifies the circumstances under which trade buyers may return to industry members, and under which industry members may receive, malt beverage products that have been deemed unsuitable for sale because of freshness concerns without violating the consignment sales provision of the FAA Act and the TTB regulations.

Read TTB Ruling 2017-2 - Revised - Freshness Dating and Allowable Returns of Malt Beverage Products under the FAA Act

TTB INVESTIGATION LEADS TO GUILTY PLEA FOR TO CONSPIRING TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES BY DIVERTING MILLIONS OF UNTAXED CIGARETTES

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Un Hag Baeg pleaded guilty to conspiring  to divert approximately 143 million export-only cigarettes.  The conspiracy resulted in the evasion of over $7.2 million in federal tobacco excise taxes.

Sentencing is set for January 29, 2018.

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

TWO VIRGINIA COMPANIES AND THREE INDIVIDUALS INDICTED ON CIGARETTE SMUGGLING CHARGES

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, three individuals and two Virginia companies were indicted on charges of illegally transporting cigarettes across state lines to evade tobacco taxes.

Each defendant faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

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

TTB IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES TO FILL ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LABELING SPECIALIST POSITIONS IN WASHINGTON, DC

TTB is recognized as one of the federal government's best places to work. We ranked in the top 2 percent of agency subcomponents (#8 of 305) in the Partnership for Public Service's 2016 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" ratings.

If you're interested in working for TTB, consider applying for this position.

Read the full vacancy announcement  on USAJobs.gov for more details about the position and how to apply.

 

 

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