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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

June 15, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes an announcement that Theresa McCarthy is retiring, a status check on CBMTRA guidance, we are holding another webinar on malt beverage formulas, two offers in compromise for underpayment of tax, and a guilty plea in a TTB criminal tobacco case.

THERESA MCCARTHY, ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR HQ OPS, IS RETIRING

THERESA MCCARTHY, ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR HQ OPS, IS RETIRINGTheresa McCarthy is retiring on June 22, 2018. Ms. McCarthy has been TTB's Assistant Administrator, Headquarters Operations, since January 2013, with direct oversight of the bureau's policy offices. During her tenure she led regulations modernization efforts, smoothed commerce by addressing technical trade barriers, guided consumer safety initiatives, and greatly improved service.

Prior to her current position, she served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Headquarters Operations for two years, and from 2003 through 2010, Ms. McCarthy managed the Regulations and Rulings Division.

Before coming to TTB, Ms. McCarthy's federal career included positions with the Department of the Navy and at Main Treasury, and working on Capitol Hill.

During her tenure as Assistant Administrator, the Office of Headquarters Operations received numerous awards, including the TTB Administrator's Award (the highest award in the bureau) three times, the Customer Service Award twice, Employee of the Year Award several times, and the EEO Award.

Ms. McCarthy is looking forward to traveling, volunteer work, and spending time with her family, especially Ethan Douglas, her new grandchild.

CBMTRA GUIDANCE

We continue to receive many questions regarding implementation of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), and we are working to provide further guidance in response to those questions.  We are currently finalizing guidance on a number of issues, including the application of the "single taxpayer" provision, the controlled group rules, and calculating standard effective tax rates under the CBMTRA. We also continue to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to assist them in guidance on procedures for implementation of the CBMTRA for imports. In addition, we are working to respond directly to the many questions we receive from taxpayers who ask about their own circumstances.

We plan to provide new FAQs in the near future.  In the meantime, you can continue to submit any questions on the CBMTRA to the Regulations and Rulings Division.

TTB WEBINAR: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUBMITTING DOMESTIC MALT BEVERAGE FORMULA

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time: 1 – 2 pm Eastern Time

Register for this webinar and become an expert at submitting malt beverage formulas. Learn what TTB looks for in these formulas and what you need to submit. This webinar will cover the most important aspects of formula processing for domestic malt beverages.

Topics will include:

  • Definition of a formula
  • Reasons why a formula is required for certain products
  • How to determine if your product requires a formula
  • Common return reasons for formulas

Spaces are filling up fast, so please register now.

We look forward to meeting with you,

Your TTB Formula Team

TTB ACCEPTS OFFERS IN COMPROMISE FOR UNDERPAYMENT OF EXCISE TAX FROM TOBACCO MANUFACTURER AND BONDED WINERY

TTB has accepted a $1,000,000 offer in compromise  from Farmers Tobacco Co. of Cynthiana Inc. for underpaying federal excise tax on cigars that were manufactured and removed from its manufacturing facility.

TTB also accepted a $4,000 offer in compromise from Crystal Creek Farms, Inc. for using grain neutral spirits in the production of wine, which resulted in an underpayment of tax.

You can see these and other offers in compromise on our Field Operations Administrative Cases page.

GUILTY PLEA IN SCHEME TO EVADE FEDERAL EXCISE TAX ON IMPORTED CIGARS

Alberto Rodriquez, 66, of Briarwood, New York, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud in connection with a scheme to evade federal excise tax on imported cigars.

According to information contained in the court record, Rodriguez created false and fraudulent documents which misrepresented, among other things, the quantities of large cigars imported into the United States and the federal tobacco excise tax due for those importations.

Additionally, Rodriguez altered documents, including importer invoices and bank records, and provided these altered documents to TTB agents and employees, all for the purpose of misleading TTB and pretending that he had correctly calculated and paid to CBP the federal tobacco excise tax due on the large cigars imported by the two importers.

A copy of the press release is available at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida website.

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