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TTB Newsletter for November 22, 2019

 

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November 2019

November 22, 2019 
This week’s top news includes a reminder to file your operational reports on time, tips when calling TTB for assistance, an opportunity to comment on TTB information collections, and a guilty plea in a criminal case in which TTB participated.

November 15, 2019 
This week we’re highlighting information about changes you can make to approved alcohol labels without getting a new COLA, and the temporary voluntary disclosure program for alcohol wholesalers and importers who have unreported changes in control or proprietorship.

November 8, 2019 
As part of our ongoing effort to provide on-demand educational information we are announcing two new offerings - a video series on the basics of trade practices and new and improved wine labeling pages.

November 1, 2019 
This week's top news includes how industry members impacted by the recent wildfires in California may obtain a waiver of penalties for not timely filing or paying excise taxes, and tips for using the smart form version of the TTB excise tax return.

 

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October 2019

October 25, 2019 - This week’s top news includes tips about how to avoid having your beer labels returned for correction due to errors in the net content statements, and an invitation to review our current strategic plans to see what our priorities are.

October 18, 2019 - This week's top news includes the launch of our TTB outreach page on TTB.gov, new acting designations, information about updates to New Zealand wine labeling law, and two new proposed AVAs.

October 11, 2019 - This week’s top news includes information about the establishment of the Eastern Connecticut Highlands AVA, our new temporary voluntary disclosure program video series, seven vacancies we are looking to fill, and an information collection notice out for comment.

October 4, 2019 - This week’s top news includes helpful tips for creating distilled spirits labels that comply with TTB regulations, a reminder to mail tax returns to the correct address, and details about a recently-accepted OIC from a California firearms manufacturer.

October 1, 2019 - Special Edition
This special edition announces TTB’s AVA Map Explorer where you can view maps of American Viticultural Areas and more!

 

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September 2019

September 27, 2019
This week’s top news includes information about conditionally approved COLAs, a chemist vacancy announcement for our National Laboratory, and a notification that TTB’s online systems will not be available this weekend.

September 23, 2019 - Special Edition
This special edition announces new videos designed to help alcohol wholesalers and importers who want to participate in our Temporary Voluntary Disclosure Program.

September 20, 2019
This week’s top news includes tips to prevent your labels from being returned for correction, and an OIC we accepted from a distilled spirits plant.

September 13, 2019
This week’s top news includes that we’ve extended the comment period for the standards of fill rulemaking proposals, and a reminder that there are 3 excise tax return periods in September.

September 6, 2019
This week’s top news includes that we’re about to make some changes to our website, we’re looking for good candidates to fill an auditor position in Tampa, and we’ve resolved a recent case by accepting an offer in compromise.

 

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August 2019

August 30, 2019
This week’s top news includes some changes coming to our website. Find out how it will affect your experience on TTB.gov.

August 23, 2019
This week’s top news includes that we’re proposing a new AVA called “Candy Mountain,” and an Oregon wine company served a one-day permit suspension for trade practice violations.

August 16, 2019
This week’s top news includes information about the new conditionally approved status in COLAs Online, and we are looking to fill an investigator position.

August 9, 2019
This week’s top news includes information about our temporary voluntary disclosure program for wholesalers and importers of alcohol beverages to address unreported changes in control or proprieto

August 2, 2019
This week’s top news includes that our laboratories have achieved two-year ISO 17025 re-accreditation, our formula webpage study is now closed, and we’re hiring in our Office of Analytics.

 

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July 2019

July 26, 2019
This week’s top news includes an invitation to help us improve the beverage formula section of our website, registration information about our webinar next week on malt beverage formulas, and information about two offers in compromise we recently accepted for alleged excise tax violations.

July 19, 2019
This week’s top news includes the establishment of the Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA, information about a webinar on malt beverage formulas, how to register for our last TTB Trade Practice Seminar, and news that we recently certified 160 new individuals in our Chemist Certification Program.

July 12, 2019
This week's top news includes a reminder that it's time to file quarterly tax returns and operational reports. Also, if you're a cider company, you may want to check out our Cider Resources page, and we recently accepted an offer in compromise from a distillery.

July 7, 2019 - Special Edition
This special edition of the TTB Newsletter announces a new Temporary Voluntary Disclosure Program to allow alcohol wholesalers and importers to come into compliance for unreported changes in control and proprietorship.

July 3, 2019
This week’s top news includes that we recently published two rulemaking documents proposing to eliminate most standard container sizes for wine and distilled spirits, we’ve posted the presentation we used at a recent webinar on the new Conditionally Approved status in COLAs Online, we’re seeking candidates for an Assistant Chief Information Officer, three wineries recently served permit suspensions for trade practice violations, and a reminder to register for our last trade practice seminars.

 

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June 2019

June 28, 2019
This week’s top news includes information about a TTB job vacancy in Puerto Rico, the new COLAs Online status of Conditionally Approved, our state ABC contact page, and the sentencing of a man convicted of cigarette smuggling.

June 21, 2019
This week’s top news includes that we recently launched our AVA Reading Room on TTB.gov, we’re proposing the “Tualatin Hills" and “Laurelwood District” AVAs, we’re offering a free webinar next week on the new Conditionally Approved status in COLAs Online, and a reminder to take our 2019 TTB Satisfaction Survey.

June 14, 2019
This week’s top news includes that soon COLAs Online will include a new application status called “Conditionally Approved,” we have open job postings for auditors and an attorney advisor, and a criminal case TTB participated in has resulted in a guilty plea.

June 7, 2019
This week’s top news includes an upcoming TTB webinar on how to use Formulas Online for alcohol beverages, and that we are requesting comments on a number of TTB information collections.

June 6, 2019 - Special Edition
This special edition of the TTB Newsletter announces that Mary Ryan has been appointed Acting TTB Administrator, and Daniel Riordan has been appointed Acting Deputy Administrator.

 

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May 2019

May 31, 2019
This week’s top news includes information about how to register for one of our remaining trade practice seminars, details about the spring edition of the Unified Agenda, and a notice that we’re hiring two regulations specialists.

May 28, 2019 - Special Edition
In this special edition of the TTB Newsletter, we announce with deep sadness and regret the passing of our Administrator, John Manfreda.

May 24, 2019
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.

May 17, 2019
This week’s top news includes some of the most common reasons why we return alcohol beverage formulas for correction. Also, two of our senior leaders were recently awarded the 2019 Treasury Leadership Legacy Honor, and we're hiring an alcohol labeling specialist in Washington, DC.

May 10, 2019
This week’s top news includes information to help you file your TTB applications and forms online. We’ve also included information about an arrest made in a criminal case related to tobacco excise tax.

May 3, 2019
This week’s top news includes a new statement on using hemp ingredients in alcohol beverages, an opportunity to attend one of our educational seminars on trade practices, and an announcement about new FAQs at our CBMTRA page.

 

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April 2019

April 26, 2019
This week’s top news includes that we have published the educational TTB Bootcamp for Brewers presentation we recently gave at the Craft Brewers Conference, we’re providing guidance about what file types may be safely uploaded in Permits Online, and we’re hiring a TTB auditor in Cincinnati.

April 19, 2019
In this week’s top news, we encourage you to sign up to use Pay.gov, and we’re hiring a TTB investigator in Los Angeles.

April 12, 2019
This week’s top news includes the top 5 reasons why you should file your permit applications online vs. mailing paper forms, plus information about our fiscal year 2018 annual report that is now available online, and an adjustment to the civil penalty for violations of ABLA.

April 5, 2019
This week’s top news includes the selection of Kaori Flores as the new supervisor over distilled spirits and malt beverage labeling, information about an investigator job opening, two offers in compromise that were accepted following trade practice investigations, and a reminder to register for one of our upcoming trade practice seminars.

 

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March 2019

March 29, 2019
This week’s top news includes a vacancy announcement for two positions at the NRC, an OIC accepted from Sun Liquor Mfg. for alleged IRC violations, and we are requesting comments on a number of information collections (primarily TTB forms).

March 22, 2019
This week’s top news includes a new FAQ about ice cream and other frozen products made with distilled spirits, what’s new in Permits Online, and a reminder to register for one our free trade practice seminars.

March 19, 2019 - Special Edition
This special edition of the TTB Newsletter announces that we have extended for an additional 90 days the comment period for our rulemaking to modernize the labeling and advertising regulations for wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages.

March 15, 2019
This week’s top news includes an award presented to two of our managers in ALFD, a TTB Tip about how to use the information found on our application processing times pages, Permits Online will be down for system upgrade this weekend, and FDA is presenting a free webinar on the transfer of heavy metals to wine and beer when using diatomaceous earth for filtration.

March 8, 2019
This week’s top news includes the location of the Seattle TTB trade practice seminars, a common error we encounter in beverage alcohol formula submissions, and a call for applications for the TTB Chemist Certification Program.

March 1, 2019
This week's top news includes a reminder to be sure to use the correct address when mailing excise tax returns and payment to avoid potential penalties and interest, we’ve added 5 new grape varieties to the list of names granted administrative approval for use on American wine, we've recently updated the Federal Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Return, and the U.S. Codex Office will be holding a public meeting in March in advance of the next meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues.

 

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February 2019

February 22, 2019
This week’s top news includes two changes to our executive staff, registration is open for our free trade practice seminars, and links to helpful information about alcohol beverage formulas.

February 15, 2019
This week’s top news includes that we have reopened the comment period for the proposed establishment of the West Sonoma Coast AVA, we’ve resolved 7 trade practice cases stemming on a 2018 joint TTB/California ABC investigation, and we’re providing information about how to use the Public COLA Registry.

February 8, 2019
This week’s top news includes that registration is now open for 2019 trade practice seminars, Nick Colucci and Marc Young have joined the TTB leadership team, and an announcement about alcohol trade continuity agreements signed by the US and UK in preparation for Brexit.

February 1, 2019
This week’s top news includes three new grape varieties approved for use on American wine labels, and a notice that the USDA National Organic List has been updated.

 

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January 2019

January 31, 2019
The federal government has reopened and that means TTB is back to work! This special edition of the TTB Newsletter contains information for those impacted by the shutdown about our current state of affairs and our plans for resuming normal operations as soon as we can.

 

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December 2018

December 21, 2018
This week’s top news includes a notice that we’ve updated the SDS/CDA (denatured alcohol) tutorial on our website, and a job posting for a postion at our National Laboratory Center.

December 14, 2018
This week’s top news includes a reminder to include who you are representing when you comment on TTB rulmaking, what’s new in the latest versions of COLAs Online and Formulas Online, registration is now open for our next Formulas Online webinar, and publication of four rulemaking documents related to American viticultural areas.

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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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