Wyoming and Arkansas Amend DTC Laws

The Governor of Wyoming signed H 47 into law on February 25, 2015, doubling the amount of wine a licensed direct shipper can ship to any one address during a 12-month period from 18 liters (two cases) to 36 liters (four cases). The bill becomes effective on July 1, 2015. Prior to sending any direct shipment to a Wyoming address, out-of-state shippers are required to file an application with the Department of Revenue Liquor Division and pay an annual license fee of $50. Licenses are valid from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

Legislation, S.B. 230, imposing local sales and use taxes on wines shipped to Arkansas consumers under the on-site direct-to-consumer shipping statute was signed by Governor Hutchinson on March 5, 2015. S.B. 230 removes the provision under the current law that provides that a winery does not have to collect any local Arkansas sales or excise tax imposed by a municipality, town, or other political subdivision on direct shipments of wine.

As a result, direct shippers must collect local sales tax, in addition to the $0.75 per gallon wine excise tax, 6.5 percent state sales tax and 3 percent liquor sales effective July 1, 2015. The local tax rates will be in the Tax Tool and incorporated into third-party vendors’ software systems prior to the July deadline. Wine Institute members can use the Tax Tool, developed by ShipCompliant, to look up the on-site and off-site sales and excise tax rates for direct-to-consumer sales for every jurisdiction in the US.

Annie Bones, State Relations – Wine Institute

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