TTB Presentations

TTB periodically participates in industry conferences and seminars to provide training or relevant TTB-related information. We also occasionally hold our own training events, such as webinars or seminars. We’re sharing those presentations here for everyone’s benefit. Choose from the topics below to see a listing of related presentations.

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Wine Labeling Overview (June 2020) [PDF] [PPT]
This presentation covers mandatory information on wine labels, explains Conditional Approvals and Qualifications, how to avoid common errors on your wine label application, and top errors we see on wine label applications

Mead Formulas and Labels - MeadCon (March 2020) [PDF] [PPT]
This presentation covers the basics of the TTB formula and labeling requirements for honey wine/mead.

The ABCs of AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) (March 2020) [PDF] [PPT]
This presentation covers the basic requirements for a petition to establish a new American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the most common problems TTB sees in the petitions it reviews. The presentation also describes the rulemaking steps TTB takes once it accepts a petition in order to complete the AVA establishment process.

Wine Labeling (December 2019) [PDF] [PPT]
This presentation covers the basics of mandatory wine labeling information and what things can be changed on a wine label without getting a new COLA.


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CiderCON 2020: TTB Workshop (January 2020)
This comprehensive presentation covers many topics the U.S. cider industry needs to know about compliance with TTB requirements including permits, recordkeeping, reports, taxes, formulas, and labels.

CiderCON 2017: Recent Changes: Bonds, Annual Returns, Hard Cider Tax Rate (February 2017)
This presentation covers changes to the Internal Revenue Code that were effective January 1, 2017, regarding the elimination of bonds and annual tax return options for eligible taxpayers, information about the changes to the criteria for wine eligible for the Hard Cider tax rate, as well as some related topics associated with Hard Cider tax class changes.


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CBC Online 2020: TTB Bootcamp for Brewers This year we presented our TTB Bootcamp for Brewers series during the CBC Online Conference. You can access the presentations here:

Bootcamp 2020 - Introduction (May 2020) [PDF] In this introductory session, we cover three topics:

An overview of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the functions we perform that are relevant to brewers.

An overview of the TTB laws and regulations that apply to brewers.

Three types of Brewers Notice amendments brewers may need to know about during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bootcamp 2020 - Records, Reports, and Returns (May 2020) [PDF] In this session, we cover how brewery records feed into your operational report, tax returns, and tax payments. We also include some tips on how to avoid problems that might impact your tax liability, and we cover our latest COVID-19 tax and filing relief provisions.

Bootcamp 2020 - Formulas (May 2020) [PDF] In this session you'll learn how the ingredients and processes you use to make your beer impact whether or not you’ll need TTB formula approval. We cover how to determine if your product requires a formula (and which kinds have been exempted from formula approval), and how to apply for formula approval. We also go over the information and supporting documents you need to include when you apply for formula approval, and tips on how to submit a formula that we can evaluate without having to come back to you for additional information.

Bootcamp 2020 - Labeling (May 2020) [PDF] Beer labels must include certain information based on how they are formulated and where they will be sold. This session covers all of the mandatory labeling information for beers as outlined in the labeling regulations and the relevant TTB rulings. We also tell you the top label and application errors that we see and give you tips on how to avoid them!

Craft Brewers Conference 2018: Exporting Beer (April 2018)
This presentation covers what brewers need to know about reporting and documenting beer exports.

Malt Beverage Labeling Webinar (2018)
This presentation was used during TTB webinars covering the basics of malt beverage labeling requirements.

COLAs Online/Labeling

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COLAs Online - Conditionally Approved Status – Webinar (June 2019)
COLAs Online, our system for electronic submission of applications for certificates of label approval (COLAs), has a new status, Conditionally Approved. Under certain limited circumstances, TTB specialists reviewing COLA applications may propose changes to the information you entered in the application. This presentation gives you an overview of the process for viewing, accepting, or declining the proposed changes.

Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (May 2013)
You can make certain changes to your labels without obtaining a new certificate of label approval or COLA (TTB Form 5100.31). This presentation explains the most significant changes and shows some sample changes to labels.

Firearms & Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET)

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Walkthrough of the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Return (January 2020) [PDF] [PPTX]
This presentation covers background of the firearms and ammunition excise tax and details about filing the tax return and paying the tax before going into a line-by-line discussion of the tax return itself. The top 10 problems seen by the National Revenue Center are discussed throughout.

What to Expect on a TTB Audit – Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Version (January 2020) [PDF] [PPTX]
The presentation provides an overview of the Tax Audit Division and audit process. The most common problems found in audits of firearms and ammunition industry members are also discussed.

Alcohol Beverage Formulas & Nonbeverage Products

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Formulas Online Webinar: Reducing Returns (September 2016) [PDF] [PPTX]
This presentation covers some of the common errors made when submitting formulas and samples via Formulas Online and ways to make sure your submission is not returned for correction.

Formulas Online 101: Nonbeverage Alcohol Products (September 2015)
This presentation is designed for industry members and third parties submitting formulas and samples for nonbeverage products through Formulas Online.

Formulas Online SDA (September 2013)
This presentation is designed for industry members and third parties submitting formulas and samples for articles made with specially denatured spirits through Formulas Online.

Formulas Online: Dietary Supplements (September 2013)
This presentation is designed for industry members and third parties submitting formulas and samples for nonbeverage products using dietary supplements through Formulas Online.

How to Register and Submit Formulas through Formulas Online (July 2018)
This presentation is designed for industry members and third parties submitting alcohol beverages formulas and samples using Formulas Online.

Formula Webinars: the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division presented this series of webinars covering the basics for domestic producers on when a formula is required, what to include in a formula, how to apply for formula approval, and common reasons we return formulas for correction.

Distilled Spirits

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Navigating the Permit, Formula, and COLA Process (2020)
This presentation walks through a distilled spirits producer’s various touchpoints with TTB, inlcuding obtaining a permit, submitting a formula, and applying for label approval.

Whisky Webinar (2018)
This presentation covers the basics of whisky production, formulas, and labeling.

Distilled Spirits Mandatory Labeling Webinar (2018)
This presentation was used during TTB webinars covering the basics of distilled spirits labeling requirements.

Trade Practices

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Federal Trade Practices: What Every Industry Member Should Know (April through July, 2018):
Held in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston, TTB, in cooperation with various state agencies, conducted seminars designed to help educate industry on the basic tenets of trade practice laws and regulations.


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This information is being issued to help the public to understand and comply with the laws and regulations that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau administers. It is not intended to establish any new, or change any existing, definitions, interpretations, standards, or procedures regarding those laws and regulations.


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Page last updated: June 25, 2020
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