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August 31, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes a reminder about our policy on the use of controlled substances in alcohol beverages, two new distilled spirits FAQs, sentencing of an individual following a TTB criminal investigation, and requests for comments on 10 TTB forms.

TTB POLICY ON THE USE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, INCLUDING MARIJUANA, IN ALCOHOL BEVERAGES

Due to a number of recent articles on the use of CBD in the production of beer, TTB is reminding industry members that we recently published information that clarifies our position on the use of controlled substances, including marijuana, in alcohol beverages.  The information is contained in frequently asked question (FAQ) A29:

Will TTB approve any formulas or labels for alcohol beverage products that contain a controlled substance under Federal law, including marijuana?

NEW GUIDANCE RELATED TO DISTILLED SPIRITS POSTED ON TTB.GOV

We recently added two new frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to distilled spirits:

FAQ S13: If State law provides for the sale of collectors’ bottles of spirits to bars and liquor stores for the purpose of resale, without requiring a state wholesaler permit, what are the Federal law implications?

FAQ S14: I produce and bottle distilled spirits for sale only within my own state. Do TTB regulations on formulas, labeling, and standards of fill apply to my products?

Visit the Distilled Spirits FAQ page to view the answers.

TTB INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN PRISON FOR CUSTOMS BROKER

Alberto Rodriquez, 66, of Briarwood, New York, was sentenced to prison after previously pleading guilty 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.

PROPOSED INFORMATION COLLECTION; COMMENT REQUEST (NO. 71)

On August 24, 2018, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we published in the Federal Register a notice requesting public comments on 10 existing TTB information collections (forms and recordkeeping requirements).

The 10 information collections open for comment are:

  • 1513–0013, Change of Bond (Consent of Surety) (TTB F 5000.18);
  • 1513–0020, Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval (TTB F 5100.31);
  • 1513–0026, Claim for Drawback of Tax on Tobacco Products, Cigarette Papers, and Cigarette Tubes (TTB F 5620.7);
  • 1513–0027, Removals of Tobacco Products, Cigarette Papers and Tubes without Payment of Tax (TTB F 5200.14);
  • 1513–0030, Claim—Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Taxes (TTB F 5620.8);
  • 1513–0054, Offers in Compromise of Liability Incurred under the Provisions of Title 26 U.S.C. and Collection Information Statements (TTB F 5640.1, 5600.17 & 5600.18);
  • 1513–0055, Offers in Compromise of Liability under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (TTB F 5640.2);
  • 1513–0087, Labeling and Advertising Requirements under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act;
  • 1513–0090, Excise Tax Return–Alcohol and Tobacco (Puerto Rico) (TTB F 5000.25); and
  • 1513–0112, Special (Occupational) Tax Registration and Return (TTB F 5630.5, .5a, .5d, & .5t).

To view the notice, all related supporting documents, and any comments received in response to this notice, go to Docket No. TTB–2018–0001 at Regulations.gov. To submit a comment 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 the information collections described in this notice are due to TTB by October 23, 2018.

 

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