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TTB Newsletter for December 7, 2018

 

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December

December 7, 2018
This week's top news includes an offer in compromise accepted from Eagle Brands from a trade practice investigation, posting of the presentations used during our recent malt beverage and distilled spirits labeling webinars, publication of three rulemaking documents related to American viticultural areas, and request for comments on TTB information collections.

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November

November 30, 2018
This week's top news includes personnel changes in the Trade Investigations Division, publication of rulemaking to update and modernize the alcohol beverage labeling and advertising regulations, a job posting for TTB labeling specialist, an FDA color additive petition about the use of aqueous extract of butterfly pea flower to color alcohol beverages (among other things), and a permit suspension resulting from a trade practice investigation.

November 26, 2018 - Special Edition
This special edition of the TTB Newsletter announces that we have published rulemaking designed to significantly update and improve the alcohol advertising and label regulations, which is a part of our strategic goal to modernize our labeling program.

November 23, 2018
We hope you had a happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. This week’s top news includes advice about how to avoid having your COLA application returned for translations of foreign text, and an offer in compromise accepted from Liberty Ammunition.

November 16, 2018
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.

November 9, 2018
This week’s top news includes issues reported by some users of Permits Online, a job posting for TTB’s #2 position in our Chief Counsel’s office, and a permit suspension resulting from a trade practice investigation.

November 2, 2018
This week's top news includes two grape varieties that have been approved for use on American wine labels, information about service delays in our TTB call centers, an invitation to apply for the Assistant Director position in the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division, and another permit suspension resulting from a trade practice investigation.

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October

October 26, 2018
This week’s top news includes the publication of our latest strategic plan, a reminder for breweries that use wine or spirits barrels for aging beer, an announcement about our next malt beverage formula webinar, and three recent field enforcement actions.

October 19, 2018
This week's top news includes helpful information about the supporting documentation that must be submitted with many alcohol beverage formulas, and a link to our TTB presentations page at TTB.gov, which contains several industry training presentations we've made over the past few years.

October 12, 2018
This week’s top news includes information for industry members impacted by natural disasters, and helpful information about how to correctly format the government health warning statement on alcohol beverage labels.

October 5, 2018
This week’s top news includes recent enhancements we made to COLAs Online, information about how to correctly format a beer/malt beverage net contents label statement, and publication of updated procedures for our Chemist Certification Program.

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September

September 28, 2018
This week’s top news includes updated guidance for the wine industry on filing returns and reports annually, and reminders about changes you can make to previously approved alcohol beverage labels that don’t require you to get a new COLA.

September 21, 2018
This week’s top news includes new formula basics guidance, two distilled spirits webinars, an invitation to sign up for automated tax return and operational report due date reminders, and a Federal Register notice seeking comments on a new U.S. government 3-year Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.

September 14, 2018
This week’s top news includes an update to Permits Online that speeds trade name amendments, new CBMTRA guidance, and a Federal Register notice calling for nominations to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

September 7, 2018
This week’s top news includes updated information appearing in the distilled spirits BAM regarding ouzo and aquavit, two new malt beverage formula FAQs, a TTB trade practice investigation identified a wholesaler operating without a permit, and updated guidance on the key distinctions between alcohol fuel plants and distilled spirits plants.

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August

August 31, 2018
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.

August 28, 2018 - Special Edition
This special edition of the TTB Newsletter corrects an error we made in last week’s Newsletter regarding how trade name amendments are filed in Permits Online.

August 24, 2018
This week’s top news includes a permit suspension resulting from a TTB trade practice investigation, we’ve reduced the amount of information that must be supplied on the personnel questionnaire, Lis Kann has been selected for the newly-created position of Assistant Administrator External Affairs, and we’ve implemented a change to Permits Online that affects how trade name amendments are processed.

August 17, 2018
This week’s top news includes the re-publication of the wine BAM, new grape varieties approved for use designating American wine, sentencing in TTB criminal case, and notice of the latest meeting of the National Organics Standards Board.

August 10, 2018
This week's top news includes announcements that we've published the presentation used at our recent trade practice seminars on TTB.gov, we've updated our guidance on transferring unlabeled bottles of wine between wineries, and we're holding another webinar on submitting wine formulas.

August 3, 2018
This week's top news includes information about what's new in Permits Online, and announces the redesigned Permits Online Help Center, our laboratories' successful maintenance of ISO 17025 accreditation, and the sentencing of an individual convicted of cigarette smuggling stemming from a criminal investigation in which TTB participated.

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July

July 27, 2018
This week's top news includes information about how to use the Public COLA Registry. It also includes announcements that Permits Online is temporarily shut down so we can make important upgrades to the system, and we're updating the guidance and online help available to Permits Online users.

July 20, 2018
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.

July 13, 2018
This week's top news includes announcements that Permits Online will be temporarily shut down later this month so we can make important upgrades to the system, registration is closing soon for our last trade practice seminars of 2018, we're holding another webinar on how to use Formulas Online, there's new CBMTRA guidance available on nonbeverage drawback issues, and COLAs Online has been updated.

July 6, 2018
This week's top news includes announcements that registration is closing soon for our last trade practice seminars of 2018, we've posted the presentation used during our popular Whisky Webinars, and the establishment of the Dahlonega Plateau Viticultural Area.

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June

June 29, 2018
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.

June 28, 2018 - Special Edition
This special edition of the TTB Newsletter announces the availability of new Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act information related to imported alcohol beverages, 5010 tax credits, and standard effective tax rates.

June 22, 2018
This week's top news includes announcements that our 2018 TTB Satisfaction Survey is open, and that Dan Riordan has been named Acting Assistant Administrator for Headquarters Operations.

June 15, 2018
This week's top news includes an announcement that Theresa McCarthy is retiring, a status check on CBMTRA guidance, we are holding another webinar on malt beverage formulas, two offers in compromise for underpayment of tax, and a guilty plea in a TTB criminal tobacco case.

June 8, 2018
This week's top news includes an announcement that our 2018 TTB Satisfaction Survey is open, a vacancy announcement for Assistant Administrator, Field Operations, the third offering of our All About Whisky webinar, a recently-accepted offer in compromise from Indian River Beverage Corp., sentencing in a cigarette trafficking case, and a notice that we are seeking comments on several TTB forms.

June 1, 2018
This week's top news includes announcements about our 2018 TTB Satisfaction Survey, a new industry circular about how to request permission to store tax-determined and non-tax-determined wine, beer, and spirits in ways that vary from the regulations, and a Pay.gov outage this Saturday.

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May

May 25, 2018
This week's top news includes publication of additional information and clarification of our hemp policy, availability of new CBMTRA wine-related FAQs, and information about how to apply to work at TTB as an excise tax auditor.

May 18, 2018
This week's top news includes that we modified and extended the duration of TTB Industry Circular 2018-1 regarding tax credits that are available to producing wineries, we are offering another session of our popular "All About Whisky" webinar, the selection of Joe Burruss for a Treasury Leadership Legacy award, and recent changes made to Formulas Online.

May 11, 2018
This week's top news includes the availability of two new presentations used by TTB at the recent Craft Brewers Conference, the selection of Mimi Torello as the Assistant Director over application services at the NRC, an announcement that Formulas Online will be updated in the near future, new FDA guidance on menu labeling, and an announcement that Pay.gov will be unavailable on May 12, 2018.

May 4, 2018
This week's top news includes a record offer in compromise for trade practice violations, a reminder that Pay.gov will be unavailable May 12, an announcement that Uruguay has officially joined the World Wine Trade Group, and Ron Hancock has been named as the acting Assistant Administrator for Field Operations.

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April

April 27, 2018
This week's top news includes announcements about open registration for a TTB webinar called "All About Whisky," and the retirement of Tom Crone and Kim Flesch at the end of the month.

April 20, 2018
This week's top news includes Teresa Knapp's selection for a new position in TTB, and reminders about changes you may make to previously approved alcohol beverage labels without getting a new COLA.

April 13, 2018
This week's top news includes the proposal of the Upper Hudson AVA, a vacancy announcement for three auditor positions in Cincinnati, Ohio, administrative approval of the Mencia grape variety, and recent indictments stemming from a TTB criminal investigation.

April 6, 2018
This week's top news includes three reminders for brewers about TTB formula requirements, updates to COLAs Online, new changes that may be made to alcohol beverage labels without getting a new COLA, and four recently published rulemaking documents on American viticultural areas.

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March

March 30, 2018
This week's top news includes an announcement that registration is closing soon for our two trade practice seminars, and we recently accepted an offer in compromise from Alexander Valley Cellars, LLC.

March 23, 2018
This week's top news includes additional Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform guidance that is now available, and guidance that is available on TTB.gov about alcohol beverage formula approval.

March 16, 2018
This week's top news includes a change to the maintenance schedule for our online filing systems, information about registering for our TTB wine formula webinar, the recent publication of additional Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform guidance, an open comment period on three TTB forms, and a recent offer in compromise accepted from a bonded winery.

March 9, 2018
This week's top news includes the publication of our 2017 Annual Report, a Virginia man was sentenced for his role in cigarette smuggling case investigated by TTB, a reminder that some kombuchas are regulated by TTB, and the Department of Agriculture is seeking comments in advance of updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

March 2, 2018
This week's top news includes announcements that we've published additional guidance at TTB.gov related to the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, registration is now open for upcoming TTB trade practice seminars, TTB conducted a joint operation with agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control into alleged prohibited trade practices, and two arrests were made in a criminal case related to tobacco excise tax.

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February

February 23, 2018
This week's top news includes two new grape varieties that have been approved for use on American wine labels, an upcoming webinar on how to use Formulas Online, two recent offers in compromise accepted from a tobacco and a firearms company, and an IRS notice of proposed rulemaking regarding eliminating certain IRS regulations deemed unnecessary.

February 16, 2018
This week's top news includes a "save the date" announcement about upcoming TTB Trade Practice seminars, updates to the winery operational report to reflect recent changes to the still wine tax class, a call for applications for the spring round of chemist certification for export analysis program, and news about a guilty plea in a TTB criminal case.

February 9, 2018
This week's top news includes the posting of new TTB training presentations on cider and alcohol beverage formulas, the availability of new Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform guidance, and a recent offer-in-compromise accepted on a TTB field case.

February 2, 2018
This week's top news includes the availability of new Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform guidance, a TTB field investigation closed as the result of an administrative action, and advice about how to maintain compliance in a TTB-regulated business.

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January

January 26, 2018
This week's top news includes a TTB webinar on wine formulas, and information about the upcoming meeting of USDA's National Organic Standards Board.

January 19, 2018
This week's top news includes a job announcement for a chemist position in the DC Metro area, the schedules for 2018 due dates for TTB reports, returns, and export documentation, and a new feature allowing you to sign up to receive automated email reminders when it's time to file.

January 12, 2018
This week’s top news includes a reminder that annual excise tax returns are due today, information about the recent changes to the tax laws for alcohol beverages, information about home distilling, and a notice that the civil penalty for violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act has been adjusted for inflation.

January 5, 2018
This week's top news includes a reminder that annual excise tax returns are due soon, and announcements about the latest release of Formulas Online, and our recent notice requesting public comments for five TTB information collections.

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December 2017

December 29, 2017
Enjoy this last newsletter of the year featuring the top three most read articles of 2017 from TTB.gov.

December 22, 2017
This week's top news includes big changes coming to the alcohol tax provisions administered by TTB, vacancy announcements for TTB investigator positions in Chicago and Portland, a preview of changes coming soon to Formulas Online, and the publication of the semiannual Unified Agenda and the Annual Regulatory Plan.

December 15, 2017
This week's top news includes an announcement that the scheduled Permits Online upgrade has been delayed.

December 8, 2017
This week's top news includes several rulemaking documents we published this week in the Federal Register, and an outage notice for Permits Online.

December 1, 2017
This week's top news includes an upcoming webinar on domestic distilled spirits formulas, an outage notice for Permits Online, and more coming attractions for the NEW Permits Online.

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