The Wine Direct Shipper permit application is now up on Wisconsin’s website. Wisconsin approved licensed direct shipping legislation back in March, which will allow wineries in every state to ship limited amounts of wine to Wisconsin residents, beginning October 1, 2008. Here’s some basic information on how to apply for the direct wine shipping permit:
Form BT-138, “Alcohol Beverages Tax Bond” (the bond amount should be equal to two times the estimated monthly tax due; minimum of $1000) and Form AB-123, “Distilled Spirits/Wine Permit Application” should be mailed to the WI DOR along with payment. Prospective direct wine shippers also must register to pay sales tax. The wine shipping permit application will not be processed until an Application for Business Tax Registration (aka “Seller’s Permit”) is completed. The fee for business tax registration is $20. If filing online (recommended – the application is processed much faster if done online), mail in the business tax registration fee with your $200 wine shipper permit fee and wine shipper permit application.