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May 20, 2022

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 May 2022

May 20, 2022

  • Access All TTB’s Online Services at MyTTB.gov
  • Koshu Grape Variety Name Approved
  • Help Improve Our Formula Approval Tool: Volunteer for User Experience Testing!
  • TTB Career Opportunity: Attorney-Advisor

May 13, 2022

  • Another Step Towards the New myTTB Experience
  • Schioppettino Grape Variety Name Approved
  • Trade Practices Video Series

May 6, 2022

  • Recent Changes to Pay.gov
  • Proposed Information Collections: Time to Comment
  • TTB Career Opportunity: Physical Science Technician

 April 2022

April 29, 2022

  • Changes Coming for TTB Forms on Pay.gov
  • Visit Us at Craft Brewers Conference!
  • Dobricic Grape Variety Name Approved
  • New Deputy Assistant Administrator for Permitting and Taxation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Rulemaking: Definition of Frame or Receiver and Identification of Firearms

April 22, 2022

  • Health Claims in Advertising - Advertising Compliance
  • Presentation Now Available: Requirements for Importing Wine into the United States (Requisitos Para Importar Vino a los Estados Unidos)
  • Food and Drug Administration: Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens Other Than Major Food Allergens
  • TTB Career Opportunity: Industry Outreach Program Manager

April 15, 2022

  • Health Claims in Advertising – Regulations
  • Avoiding Common Errors on Label Applications – Providing Translations of Foreign Text
  • Request for Nominations for the Industry Trade Advisory Committees

April 8, 2022

  • Use of the Word ‘Clean’ in Alcohol Beverage Labeling and Advertising
  • TTB Presents at KombuchaKon

April 1, 2022

  • Health Claims in Advertising - Suggesting Health Benefits
  • TTB Participates in Panel at National Alcohol Beverage Control Association Legal Conference
  • Due Date for Quarterly Filers is Coming Soon

March 2022

March 25, 2022

  • Taxpayer Relief Payment Options: Are You Eligible?
  • Health Claims in Advertising – Mitigating Health Consequences
  • 2 New Wine Treating Materials Approved

March 18, 2022

  • Importation of Alcohol Beverages of Russian Federation Origin and Export of Alcohol Beverages and Tobacco to Russia and Belarus
  • Visit Us at Eastern Winery Exposition
  • Expanded List of Devices for Proofing Spirits
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) Meeting
  • TTB Career Opportunities: Supervisory Investigator and Technical Assistant Specialist

March 11, 2022

  • Establishment of San Luis Obispo Coast and Expansion of Clarksburg AVAs
  • Proposed Establishment of Long Valley-Lake County AVA and Modification of High Valley and North Coast AVAs
  • TTB Career Opportunity: Investigator

March 4, 2022

  • TTB Issues Additional Guidance on Trade Practices
  • Visit Us at Oregon Wine Symposium LIVE!
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances
  • Food and Drug Administration: Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements; Delayed Effective Date

February 2022

February 25, 2022

  • New Grape Variety Names Approved
  • Proposed Information Collections: Time to Comment
  • System Outage Notice

February 18, 2022

  • ABLA Civil Penalty Adjusted for Inflation
  • Avoiding Common Errors on Your Labels – Government Health Warning Statement

February 11, 2022

  • Treasury Releases Competition Report for Alcohol Market
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Public Meeting & Comment Request National Organic Program Standards
  • TTB Career Opportunity: Formula Specialist

Febuary 9, 2022 Special Edition

  • Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverage Labeling and Advertising Regulations Final Rule

February 4, 2022 

  • New Guidance on ‘Ethiopian Hops’
  • Do I Need a Formula? Speed Up Label Approval by Knowing the Answer
  • TTB Career Opportunity

January 2022

January 28, 2022 

  • Visit Us at CiderCon!
  • FY21 TTB Annual Report Now Available
  • Reminder – Comment Period for DSP Permit Modernization Proposal Set To Close

January 25, 2022  Special Edition

  • Updates on Permitting and Taxation Leadership

January 24, 2022 

  • Visit Us at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium!
  • New Deputy Director, Application Services Division Joining TTB!
  • TTB Trade Practice Investigations into Sponsorship Results in a $305,000 Offer in Compromise

January 14, 2022 

  • TTB to Present on Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax at SHOT Show
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative: Request for Nominations to Trade Advisory Committee on Africa
  • TTB Trade Practice Investigations into Sponsorships Result in Two $225,000 Offers in Compromise

January 7, 2022 

  • Janelle Christian Selected as Outreach Director
  • Submitting Claim Forms to TTB Online
  • TTB Accepts 3 Offers in Compromise for Failure to Pay Taxes
  • System Outage Notice

December 2021

December 23, 2021 

  • Hand Sanitizer Guidance Expires on December 31, 2021
  • TTB Career Opportunities
  • Upcoming TTB Outreach Activities

December 17, 2021 

  • New CBMA Guidance on Distilled Spirits
  • Disaster Relief—Tornado Outbreaks
  • TTB Outreach at Recent ACSA Convention
  • Semiannual Unified Regulatory Agenda Now Available
  • Department of Agriculture: Notice of Funding Opportunity for Biofuel Producer Program for Fiscal Year 2021
  • System Outages Notice

December 10, 2021 

  • Annual Filers: 2021 Tax Returns, Payments, and Operational Reports Due Soon
  • Alcohol Industry December Deadlines
  • Upcoming TTB Outreach Events

December 3, 2021 

  • TTB to Simplify Distilled Spirits Permit Applications
  • Distilled Spirits Label Tips
  • Proofing Resources for Distilled Spirits Plants
  • Tobacco Executive Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Evade Federal Excise Taxes on Cigars
  • Alcohol Industry December Deadlines

November 2021

November 24, 2021 

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 2022 Tax Return and Operational Report Due Dates Now Available

November 19, 2021 

  • Susan Evans Announces Her Retirement
  • Malt Beverage Label Tips
  • Proposed Information Collections – Time to Comment
  • Alcohol Industry November Deadlines

November 12, 2021 

  • AVA Activity in Oregon, Arizona, and California
  • Want Speedy Approval of Your Wine Labels? 6 Tips to Avoid Common Pitfalls
  • Alcohol Industry November Deadlines

November 5, 2021 

  • We’re Taking Another Step Towards ‘myTTB’
  • Tobacco Executive Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Evade Federal Excise Taxes on Cigars
  • TTB Career Opportunities
  • System Outage Notices
  • Alcohol Industry November Deadlines

November 1, 2021 

  • Expansion of Allowable Revisions to Approved Alcohol Beverage Labels
  • Personal Importation of Beverage Alcohol Products

 

October 2021

October 22, 2021 

  • 2021 Customer Satisfaction Survey is Now Open
  • Lists of TTB Industry Members Available Online
  • Anatomy of a Wine Label Tool
  • Submitting Claim Forms Online
  • Alcohol Industry October Deadlines for Returns and Reports

October 15, 2021 

  • TTB at Annual DISCUS Conference
  • Anatomy of a Distilled Spirits Label Tool
  • May I Produce Spirits for My Personal or Family Use?
  • System Outage Notice

October 8, 2021 

  • 2021 Customer Satisfaction Survey is Now Open
  • ‘Hard Seltzers’ – What are the TTB Rules?
  • TTB Online Service Options Available to You
  • Seattle Distillery Settles Tax Liability with $900K Offer in Compromise

October 1, 2021 

  • Deputy Administrator David Wulf Speaks at Beer Institute Event
  • TTB Hand Sanitizer Guidance Expiration Date Extended
  • Tobacco Executive Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Evade Federal Excise Taxes on Cigars
  • TTB Career Opportunities
 

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September 2021

September 24, 2021 

  • We Want to Hear From You! Please Tell Us What You Think of TTB
  • September Has Three Excise Tax Return Periods
  • “How long will it take to get my label or formula approved?”

September 17, 2021 

  • TTB Assists Hundreds of Brewers at Craft Brewers Conference
  • Opportunity to Comment on TTB Information Collections
  • System Outage Notices

September 10, 2021 

  • Fall Application Period for Chemist Certification Program Now Open
  • Christina McMahon Appointed Acting Deputy Chief Counsel
  • Offers in Compromise Accepted in Tax and Trade Practice Cases

September 3, 2021 

  • Improved Email Security in TTB Online Applications
  • Puerto Rico District Office Receives Pro Patria Award
  • Torrontés Riojano Varietal Approved
  • Our Newsletter Has a New Look! 
 

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August 2021

August 31, 2021 - Special Edition

  • TTB Disaster Relief--Hurricane Ida and Wildfires

August 27, 2021
This week's headlines:

  • Take Our Newsletter Survey
  • American Viticultural Area News
  • Proposed Addition of Singani to Standards of Identity
  • TTB Labs Successfully Achieve ISO 17025 Re-Accreditation
  • Assistance for New Industry Members

August 20, 2021
This week's headlines:

  • Take Our Newsletter Survey
  • Want Us to be Part of Your 2022 Event?
  • Treasury Still Accepting Comments for Report on Competition
  • Two Recent Offers in Compromise

August 13, 2021
This week we’re highlighting tips for avoiding the top 3 errors we see on beer/malt beverage labels, and announcing 2 student intern opportunities at TTB.

August 6, 2021
This week we’re highlighting information for industry members impacted by natural disasters, 2 student intern opportunities, and a Federal Register Notice published by USDA about their National Organic Program.

 

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July 2021

July 30, 2021
This week we're highlighting a Treasury request for information on the current market structure and competition in the U.S. beer, wine, and spirits markets, the appointment of Greg Greeley as TTB's Deputy CIO, tips for getting answers to your labeling, formula, permits, and tax questions while we're upgrading our call center software, and 2 auditor job openings.

July 23, 2021
This week we’re highlighting upcoming opportunities to receive TTB training, an expansion of the use and limits for a previously-approved wine treating material, and information for industry members impacted by natural disasters.

July 16, 2021
This week we’re highlighting three upcoming TTB webinars, two newly proposed AVAs, and a new grape variety approved for use on American wine labels.

July 9, 2021
This week we’re highlighting some tips for making calorie, carb, and sugar content claims on alcohol beverage labels and in advertisements, the upcoming due date for quarterly filers, two offers in compromise accepted to resolve tax liabilities, an upcoming CODEX meeting where alcohol beverage labels will be discussed, and a system outage notice.

July 2, 2021
This week we’re highlighting Treasury’s Report to Congress on the implementation of the CBMA import provisions that are effective in 2023, two new AVAs, and a new distilled spirits labeling guidance homepage.

 

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June 2021

June 25, 2021
This week we’re highlighting the selection of Andrew Malone as Deputy Director of ALFD, the extension of our hand sanitizer guidance, the SOT due date for tobacco companies, some information collections that are open for comments, 2 firearms and ammunition conferences where we’ll present training, and 2 TTB job postings.

June 11, 2021
This week we’re highlighting the publication of the Spring 2021 Unified Agenda, some new outreach activities where you can learn from TTB, a meeting of the National Organics Standards Board, and a TTB job posting for a statistician.

June 4, 2021
This week we’re highlighting a webinar on tobacco import requirements that we are participating in and three offers in compromise that we recently accepted to settle tax liabilities.

 

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May 2021

May 28, 2021
This week we’re highlighting some tips for speedier approval of your malt beverage labels and alcohol beverage formulas, and a job posting for a security specialist position.

May 21, 2021
This week we’re highlighting information for distilleries about when a COLA is and is not required, and how to access and file TTB forms.

May 14, 2021
This week we’re highlighting two leadership rotational assignments, an offer in compromise recently accepted from a California firm, how to sign up for email reminders of tax and reporting due dates, and a TTB job opening for a program analyst.

May 7, 2021
This week we’re highlighting our TTB Bootcamp for Brewers to be presented at the 2021 Craft Brewers Conference, a Federal Register Notice published by CBP regarding changes to their tax collection process for optional deferred tax payments, and a TTB job opening for a tax auditor.

 

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April 2021

April 30, 2021
This week we’re highlighting our label and formula processing times pages, the inflation adjustment for the civil penalties associated with the Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act, and a TTB job opening for a tax auditor.

April 23, 2021
This week we’re highlighting our Anatomy of a Wine Label interactive tool, and announcing a recent change to COLAs Online and a TTB job opening.

April 16, 2021
This week’s TTB Newsletter includes announcements about a new ruling on how members of foreign missions can purchase tax-exempt domestic tobacco products in the U.S., the proposal of a new American Viticultural Area, an offer in compromise stemming from a trade practice investigation, a TTB job opening, as well as some advice on how to speed up the label approval process if your labels contain foreign text.

April 9, 2021
This week we’re highlighting our fiscal year 2020 annual report, we’re recruiting for the number two position in the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division, and announcing an upcoming system outage.

April 2, 2021
This week we’re announcing that we posted the slide deck from our recent Alcohol Beverage Export Certificate webinar, the return due date for quarterly filers is just around the corner, and we’re recruiting for the number two position in the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division.

 

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March 2021

March 26, 2021
This week we’re announcing the approval of two grape varieties that may be used as type designations for American wine, welcoming you to invite us to participate in your events, and recruiting for three alcohol labeling and formula specialist positions.

March 19, 2021
This week we’re announcing an upcoming TTB webinar on export certificates, an offer in compromise we accepted from a California brewery, a vacancy announcement for a management position in our Office of Analytics, as well as providing an update on recently announced COLAs Online upgrades. 

March 12, 2021
This week we’re announcing two new grape variety names that can be used as a type designation on American wine labels, and the spring cycle of the Chemist Certification Program is now open. We also provide some tips for avoiding problems with the Government Health Warning on alcohol labels.

March 5, 2021
This week we’re announcing the publication of three additional wine labeling pages on TTB.gov, reminding alcohol beverage advertisers to include a statement of average analysis or Serving Fact panel when making claims about calories, and inviting you to apply for an auditor position at TTB.

 

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February 2021

February 26, 2021
This week we’re announcing the release of our 2020 Annual Report, upcoming improvements to COLAs Online, and the availability of our wine labeling presentation from a recent wine industry conference.

February 19, 2021
This week we’re highlighting some TTB.gov resources for the distilled spirits industry and sharing a Federal Register notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that may be of interest.

February 12, 2021
This week we’re announcing Gracie Joy’s selection as the Director of ALFD, the most recent CiderCon presentations now available at TTB.gov, and a job opportunity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

February 5, 2021
This week we’re highlighting how to determine if you need to get your formula approved before sending us your labels, a notice regarding using Pay.gov to file wine operational reports, and an upcoming TTB system outage.

 

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January 2021

January 29, 2021
This week we’re highlighting the 2021 excise tax return and operational report due dates and announcing a job opportunity in our Applications Services Branch located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

January 22, 2021
This week we're highlighting three upcoming opportunities for TTB training and announcing a job opportunity in our Tax Audit Division.

January 15, 2021
This week we’re highlighting how to file claims online, a job opportunity in Cincinnati, Ohio, and details about a recently-accepted OIC.

January 8, 2021
This week's top news includes a summary of recent Craft Beverage Modernization Act (CBMA) changes, and Janet Scalese’s retirement.

 

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