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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

May 4, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes a record offer in compromise for trade practice violations, a reminder that Pay.gov will be unavailable May 12, an announcement that Uruguay has officially joined the World Wine Trade Group, and Ron Hancock has been named as the acting Assistant Administrator for Field Operations.

TTB ACCEPTS RECORD $900,000 OFFER IN COMPROMISE FOR TRADE PRACTICE VIOLATIONS

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $900,000 offer in compromise from Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. This is the largest single offer in compromise for trade practice violations accepted by TTB to date.

Read the press release for additional details.

Please visit www.ttb.gov for additional information on prohibited trade practices or to see this and other offers in compromise that have been accepted.

PAY.GOV WILL BE UNAVAILABLE ON MAY 12

Pay.gov will be unavailable from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, May 12, 2018, to accommodate an important disaster recovery exercise hosted by Pay.gov.

Tax payments, Returns and Operational Reports

If you use pay.gov to submit TTB tax payments, returns, or operational reports, you will not be able to submit them during this time frame.

Cash Bond Payments

Also, TTB will be unable to accept electronic cash bond payments through Permits Online during this time.  If you attempt to submit a cash bond payment via Pay.gov, you will be notified to complete and submit after this exercise.  You may submit Permits Online applications without cash bond payments normally during this exercise.

URUGUAY JOINS THE WORLD WINE TRADE GROUP (WWTG) – NATURAL WINE CERTIFICATES NO LONGER REQUIRED

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Uruguay deposited with the U.S. Department of State its instrument of accession to the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) Agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Oenological Practices (MAA), and the agreement entered into force for Uruguay on May 1, 2018.

As a result, U.S. importers of natural grape wines containing between 7 and 24 percent alcohol by volume produced in Uruguay are now exempted from the requirement imposed by section 5382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 5382) to obtain certification from Uruguay stating that the practices and procedures used to produce the imported wine constitute proper cellar treatment.  More information about the WWTG can be found on TTB.gov's World Wine Trade Group page.

RON HANCOCK NAMED ACTING ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR, FIELD OPERATIONS

Ron Hancock will serve as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Field Operations (AAFO).  Since July 2011, Ron has served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for AAFO.

As Acting Assistant Administrator, Mr. Hancock is responsible for oversight, direction and coordination of all Field Operations functions associated with TTB's tax collection and consumer protection programs.

 

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