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November 16, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes a new industry circular about trade practice violations we are finding in the alcohol marketplace, a recent offer in compromise settling a trade practice case, new CBMA wine guidance, an upcoming webinar on malt beverage labeling, and a job announcement for TTB auditors.

INDUSTRY COMPLIANCE WITH TRADE PRACTICE LAWS AND REGULATIONS

We are committed to ensuring a fair and level playing field nationwide for alcohol beverage industry members through a strong regulatory compliance program and active enforcement of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act).

We significantly intensified our trade practice education and enforcement program beginning in 2017 after receiving Congressional appropriations specifically earmarked toward these efforts. Since the beginning of these increased enforcement efforts, we have found significant violations of Federal trade practice laws and regulations by some members of the alcohol beverage industry. These unlawful trade practice activities are significant and widespread and have contributed to a marketplace wherein compliant industry members and smaller businesses just entering the marketplace are unfairly challenged to compete with the industry members committing these unlawful activities.

Read TTB Industry Circular 2018-7 for additional details on the types of violations we are finding and what to do if you want to voluntarily disclose a violation.

$325,000 OFFER IN COMPROMISE ACCEPTED FROM ELGIN BEVERAGE CO. FOR TIED HOUSE VIOLATIONS

We accepted a $325,000 offer in compromise from Elgin Beverage Co., a wholesaler in Bartlett, Illinois, for alleged violations of the tied house provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA). This case developed out of the joint operation that we conducted with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission in September 2017.

Specifically, we allege that Elgin aided and abetted another industry member in the use of a third party to pay retailers to carry and promote their products to the exclusion of competing products, which gave Elgin an unfair advantage over law-abiding competitors and ultimately limited consumer choice.

Read the press release for additional details.

NEW CRAFT BEVERAGE MODERNIZATION ACT FAQ FOR WINE

We recently published frequently asked question (FAQ) TR-W16 which contains new CBMA guidance related to Industry Circular 2018-1A. That industry circular established an alternate procedure for transferring wine that is under bond and has not yet been taxpaid. The new FAQ clarifies that the alternate procedure may not be applied to wine that was removed subject to tax on or after January 1, 2018, but before the alternate procedure was authorized on March 2, 2018.

See FAQ TR-W16 for the full details.

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

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 3 - 4 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar and learn about TTB’s malt beverage labeling requirements.

Topics will include:

  • Mandatory information that must appear on the label
  • Common labeling mistakes
  • Common keg labeling issues

Spaces are filling up fast, so please Register Here. The link and call-in information will be sent out the morning of November 20.

We look forward to meeting you,

Your TTB Malt Beverage Labeling Team

TTB AUDITOR JOB POSTING

We are seeking candidates to fill two auditor positions at our National Revenue Center, in Cincinnati, OH. Among other things, NRC auditors perform the following duties:

  • Analyze transaction reports, operating reports, variance requests, tax returns, and claims
  • Audit tax returns and tax accounts to determine if there are any outstanding liabilities
  • Determine if regulated products are completely accounted for by comparing and analyzing various documents and data, including tax returns, periodic reports and data stored in bureau databases

No prior federal experience is required. If you are interested, you must apply through USAJOBS no later than November 28, 2018.

For more details, view the vacancy announcement: 19-TTB-7-P.

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