Georgia will require wineries to have an approved direct shipper’s permit, pay excise tax, state sales and local sales tax in order to ship direct to GA consumers beginning July 1, 2008. The Georgia Department of Revenue, Alcohol and Tobacco Division is developing a New Direct Shipper Application which will include information about how to comply with the new tax and reporting requirements. The new application is expected to be available by July 1, 2008 and the Department of Revenue anticipates it taking approximately 30 days for the applications to be processed. Beginning July 1, 2008 wineries will not be permitted to send on-site or off-site wine shipments to GA consumers until they have received an approved direct shipper’s permit.
The New Application will be posted on the Wine Institute website as soon as it becomes available. Permits issued to wineries without distributors in 2008 will continue to be valid after 7/1/08. Should you have any questions please contact Wine Institute’s State Relations Department at 415-356-7530.
Annie Bones, State Relations – Wine Institute