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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

July 6, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes an announcement that Permits Online will be upgraded this month, registration is closing soon for our last trade practice seminars of 2018, a vacancy announcement for an intelligence research specialist, recent offers in compromise accepted by TTB, and a guilty plea in a cigarette trafficking case.

PERMITS ONLINE IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING SOON - REALLY!

The launch of Permits Online v 5.0 is back on! We've been working very hard behind the scenes to make Permits Online, our electronic permitting system, work better for new and experienced users.

We plan to launch a number of improvements later this month. Here's two changes you'll see after implementation:

The Wizard and the Application Package

We're adding easy to use wizards to help you identify, fill out, and submit a package of the applications you need in order to obtain or amend your TTB permits. The wizards guide you by asking a series of questions, and depending on your answers create an application package. Once you've completed and reviewed all the applications you submit the entire package to TTB with a single click.

Entity Records and Commodity Records

Information in Permits Online will be organized in two different kinds of records; entity (business) records and commodity (operations) records. The entity record equates to a single company or business entity, represented by a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). A commodity record is created for each TTB-regulated operation or permit, registration, or notice the entity is approved for. Each entity record will have at least one, but may have multiple commodity records associated with it.

PERMITS ONLINE IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING SOON - REALLY!

Once this change is made to Permits Online, if you need to file an amendment related to the business entity, you'll only file one application instead of having to file one for each TTB permit, registration, or notice held by that company.

And don't worry, the restructuring of existing records will be done behind the scenes as part of the implementation of the new version – you won't have to do anything to gain these benefits.

We'll be highlighting more Permits Online coming attractions in future editions of the TTB Newsletter.

FINAL 2018 TRADE PRACTICE SEMINARS: BOSTON

Registration closes on July 13, 2018, for our last two trade practice seminars for 2018:

Boston, Massachusetts
Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Federal Building

July 18, 2018

8:30 a.m. - Noon

1 - 4:30 p.m.

If you missed our previous seminars, now is your chance to come and learn about pay-to-play, tied-houses, consignment sales, and more. See additional details and register now.

We plan to hold additional trade practice seminars and offer other training opportunities next year.

TTB IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES TO FILL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH SPECIALIST POSITION IN WASHINGTON, DC

TTB is recognized as one of the federal government's best places to work. We ranked #4 of 339 in the Partnership for Public Service's 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ratings (Agency Subcomponents category). If you're interested in working for TTB, consider applying on or before July 9, 2018, for the Intelligence Research Specialist position at TTB headquarters located in Washington, DC.

Among other duties, Intelligence Research Specialists:

  • Conduct analysis on current trends on industry which concern TTB programs and associated activities in other Federal, State, local and international regulatory agencies and organizations.
  • Represent the organization with private contractors and outside intelligence sources.
  • Provide intelligence support to TTB's field offices through the collection, evaluation, analysis and reporting of information from a variety of sources.
  • Prepare and provide analysis-based referrals of possible violations of law to appropriate field personnel

For more details view the vacancy announcement: 18-TTB-62-P .

OFFERS IN COMPROMISE ACCEPTED

Titles 26 and 27 of the United States Code contain provisions for the compromise of certain civil and criminal cases. In this context, a compromise is an agreement made between the Government and an alleged violator in lieu of civil proceedings or criminal prosecution.

TTB generally considers offers in compromise for any violation of the laws and regulations it administers, and TTB will provide appropriate assistance to any person or business that wishes to make an Offer in Compromise.

Shown below are the most recent Abstract and Statement forms summarizing the Offers in Compromise accepted by TTB:

VIRGINIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CIGARETTE SMUGGLING CHARGES

On June 26, 2018, Udayappan Subramanian, of Haymarket, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of "Trafficking of Contraband Cigarettes."  Subramanian admitted to transporting large quantities of contraband cigarettes across state lines for redistribution and sale. The cigarettes were acquired in Virginia, where the tax rate for cigarettes is one of the lowest in the nation, and sold in other states, including New York, which has one of the nation's highest tax rates. The cigarettes were possessed and transported in West Virginia.

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

A copy of the press release is available at the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia website.

 

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