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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

May 24, 2019


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes how to avoid one of the most common reasons why we send alcohol beverage labels back for correction, two recently accepted tax-related and one trade practice-related offers in compromise, registration information for our May 28 wine formula basics webinar, and encouragement for DSP proprietors to view our distilled spirits proofing videos.

AVOIDING COMMON ERRORS ON COLA APPLICATIONS - PROVIDING TRANSLATIONS OF FOREIGN TEXT

One of the most common problems we see on applications for label approval (COLAs) that causes us to have to send them back for correction is that the label contains foreign text but the applicant didn’t supply a translation.

If a label contains foreign text, we must ensure that it’s not misleading or prohibited, and that it doesn’t conflict with mandatory label information. The most efficient way for TTB to evaluate foreign text is for the applicant to provide a translation.

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  • If your label contains foreign text, save yourself time by proactively providing the translation when you submit the application.
  • Translations should either be entered or uploaded in step 3 of the online application.

TTB ACCEPTS TWO TAX-RELATED AND ONE TRADE PRACTICE-RELATED OFFERS IN COMPROMISE

We accepted a $20,000 offer in compromise from Heritage Tobacco LLC, and a $125,000 offer in compromise from LFS, Inc. for allegedly failing to timely file excise tax returns and pay excise tax.

We also accepted a $420,000 offer in compromise from Crown Imports LLC for alleged trade practice violations.

Visit our Field Operations Administrative Cases page to see the most recent Abstract and Statement forms summarizing the Offers in Compromise accepted by TTB.

TTB WEBINAR: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOMESTIC WINE FORMULAS

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar to learn about the most important aspects of wine formulas.

Topics include:

  • General formula basics
  • Reasons why a formula is required for certain wines
  • How to determine if your wine requires a formula
  • Common errors on wine formula submissions
  • How to apply for formula approval using Formulas Online

Spaces are filling up fast, so please Register Now.

The webinar link and call-in information will be sent to all registrants on the morning of May 28.

IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS IN DETERMINING THE ALCOHOL CONTENT OF YOUR SPIRIT PRODUCT - TTB PROOFING VIDEO SERIES

Distilled spirits plant proprietors are required to determine taxes owed on spirits removed from their bonded premises. To do this, proprietors must "gauge" the spirits, that is, determine the quantity and proof of the spirits.

If you are a distilled spirits plant proprietor, it is important that you know how to proof your spirits correctly. We’ve created a series of four short videos to help you with proofing.

Whether you are new to the distilled spirits industry, or want to refine your process, these short, instructional videos will guide you, step-by-step, through several frequently used proofing procedures. The videos include close-ups of techniques and processes, and explain why it is important to correctly follow all of the steps involved in proofing spirits.

Visit the proofing videos page.

 

 

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