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July 20, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes recently published guidance on transferring beer between breweries not of the same ownership, an information collection notice related to the TTB Chemist Certification Program, a notice that Permits Online will be temporarily shut down later this month so we can make important upgrades to the system, and highlights of the changes coming to Permits Online.

NEW CBMTRA GUIDANCE AVAILABLE ON TRANSFER OF BEER BETWEEN BREWERIES NOT OF THE SAME OWNERSHIP

We recently published TTB Procedure 2018-1 Transfer of Beer Between Breweries Not of the Same Ownership which provides brewers with guidance regarding the transfer of beer, without payment of tax, from one brewery to another brewery not of the same ownership. Previously, only breweries of the same ownership could transfer beer between them without payment of tax. However, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act allows for the transfer of beer between breweries not of the same ownership without payment of tax.

TTB currently has regulations that address transfers of beer between breweries of the same ownership without payment of tax. Because of the length of time required to amend the regulations and the fact that the recent statutory changes are effective for a two-year period, TTB is issuing this Procedure to apply the same requirements currently prescribed by regulation for transfers of beer between breweries of the same ownership to transfers of beer between breweries not of the same ownership.

Read TTB Procedure 2018-1 Transfer of Beer Between Breweries Not of the Same Ownership for additional details.

PROPOSED INFORMATION COLLECTION; COMMENT REQUEST (NO. 70) FOR CHEMIST CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

On July 18, 2018, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we published in the Federal Register a notice requesting public comments on the proposed information collection, consisting of applications, notices, and recordkeeping requirements, associated with our Chemist Certification Program. This is a voluntary TTB program that certifies private industry chemists to analyze alcohol beverages and report results to the governments of importing countries. To view the notice and any comments received in response to it, go to Docket No. TTB–2018–0001 at Regulations.gov. To submit comments electronically, use the Regulations.gov comment form for this notice. To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in the notice.

Comments on this proposed information collection are due to TTB by September 17, 2018.

PERMITS ONLINE WILL BE UNAVAILABLE JULY 26 - 30, 2018

Permits Online will be shut down July 26th through July 30th so that we can implement major improvements to the system.  The New Permits Online will be available on July 31, 2018.

Unfortunately, as part of the upgrade process all applications that you started and saved but did not submit to TTB will be deleted.  This applies to any record with "TMP" in the application tracking number.  If you wish to submit those applications to TTB you must do so before the system outage. Applications already submitted to TTB are not impacted.

Important dates:

July 17, 2018 - Last day to submit amended applications ALREADY PASSED

July 25, 2018 - Last day to submit original applications

July 26 - 30, 2018 - Permits Online unavailable during system upgrade

July 31, 2018 - Launch of the NEW Permits Online

COMING SOON: THE NEW PERMITS ONLINE

Two of the biggest concerns we heard from industry members in the past are that if you hold multiple permits, Permits Online doesn't work well because you have to file an amended application for each permit when company information changes, such as a new officer, power of attorney, or trade name. The second biggest concern is that you are only allowed to file one amendment at a time.

Once the new version of Permits Online launches later this year, both of those issues will go away.

Entity Records and Commodity Operations Records

Information in Permits Online will be organized in two different kinds of records. The entity record equates to a single company or business entity, represented by a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). A commodity operations record is created for each TTB-regulated operation or permit, registration, or notice the entity is approved for.

Amend the Entity Record Instead of Amending Each Permit

Because we're restructuring the records, if your company holds multiple permits under the same EIN and you need to report a change to the business entity you'll be able to file just one entity amendment application. When approved, those changes are automatically associated with all corresponding permits held by that entity.

Amend the Entity Record Instead of Amending Each Permit

Submitting Multiple Amendments at One Time

You'll no longer be limited to filing one amendment at a time. You'll be able to report multiple changes with a single amendment application, and most amendments for trade names and change of mailing address will be approved instantly!

See Coming Soon: The NEW Permits Online for additional details about what's changing.

The NEW Permits Online will be available on July 31, 2018.

 

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