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Guest Post: Troubling Implications of the New Wine Tax Law

The following is a guest post written by Sara Schorske, founder of Compliance Service of America (CSA). Sara is one of the original compliance specialists in the alcoholic beverage industry. She has advised and assisted clients with compliance matters, trained many winery personnel and compliance professionals, and written numerous articles on compliance for industry publications since […]

Reminder: Filing Deadline for Arizona DtC Reporting was Jan. 31

Wineries that hold an Arizona Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Wine Shipment (series 17W) License are reminded that their 2017 Annual Shipment Report was due at the end of January. Any DTC Wine Shipment Licensee that has not filed the 2017 Shipment Report with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control should do so immediately. The Annual […]

Guest Post: Taking Your New Federal Excise Tax Credits at Third-Party Providers

The following is a guest post written by Sara Schorske, founder of Compliance Service of America (CSA). Sara is one of the original compliance specialists in the alcoholic beverage industry. She has advised and assisted clients with compliance matters, trained many winery personnel and compliance professionals, and written numerous articles on compliance for industry publications since […]

Third-Party Provider Reports for Illinois Due

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has issued details regarding a new report required to be filed by third-party providers facilitating direct to consumer (DtC) shipments into Illinois. Third-party providers are any parties, expect for common carriers, who have been authorized to ship wine on behalf of a licensed direct shipper winery. Under a set of […]

A Year to Remember — 2016 Regulations in Review

For better or for worse, 2016 is nearing its end. So what better time to look back and review all that’s happened in beverage alcohol regulations than now? Twelve months ago, we predicted a calm year with limited change ahead. Today we know how foolhardy that prediction was. In 2016, no fewer than four states […]

New Guidance From West Virginia on Required Shipment Charts

West Virginia Direct Shipment Charts Wine Institute has received new guidance from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) that will make it easier for members shipping wine into WV to comply with the law. WV statute has always mandated the inclusion of Blood Alcohol and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Charts in each shipment of […]

Automate Brewery Operations and Reporting With ShipCompliant and OrchestratedBEER

Here at ShipCompliant we have compliance covered! Streamline and take the complexity out of compliance by automating registrations, COLA submissions, and state filings, while also providing up-to-date state rules, tax rates, and regulations. As ShipCompliant has grown, we’ve expanded to help solve compliance challenges for all alcoholic beverage producers, including breweries! Since ShipCompliant helps breweries […]

Webinar Recap | End-of-Year Reporting

It’s easy to get distracted this time of year, with parties, festivities, and holiday cheer in abundance, but don’t forget to start preparing for end-of-year reporting. A little preparation now will keep the the holiday joy from turning to despair in early January. Recently we hosted a webinar to share valuable tips and tricks, which will make reporting less of a chore next year. Download this exclusive content from the webinar and start the New Year off right.

Updates to the Indiana Excise Tax Return Process

Indiana recently published a new site to upload and file alcohol excise tax returns. The site is ready for use, right now and means some changes in the process for those filing in Indiana.

New Michigan Excise Tax Structure Starts This Month

The January 2015 report for Michigan liquor excise taxes is due this month, bringing the first reporting period with the new tax liability structure (noted in a previous blog post) to a close. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has sent several notices to registered licensees of all tiers regarding these changes in the reporting […]

How is the Direct Shipping Report Created?

As you might know, each year, ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines collaborate to publish an in-depth direct-to-consumer wine shipping report. If you’re not familiar with or haven’t seen this year’s report, you can find it here. People frequently ask us for details on how the report is created. We provide information within the report that answers […]

Wineries Toast to a New Market – Direct Wine Shipping to Massachusetts

Michigan excise tax shift creates pricing scramble

Michigan Alcoholic Beverage Excise Tax: Important change shifts liabilities from supplier to wholesaler on February 1, 2015 The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is making a significant change to the regulations for alcoholic beverage distribution within the state. Beginning February 1, 2015 Michigan alcoholic beverage wholesalers will be responsible for the filing and payment of […]

Ship or Distribute to Indiana? Here’s How to Meet Their New Requirements

Starting with the October filing period, Indiana requires all alcohol beverage companies working in Indiana to electronically remit monthly excise tax returns and shipment reports. This method for electronic filing and payment is unique to Indiana and does not exist in any other state report. ShipCompliant will be holding several webinars over the coming weeks […]

Indiana Now Requires Encrypted File Transfer for Alcohol Reports

No one disputes that applying new technology to the process of complying with state liquor regulations is long overdue. However, the new eFile requirements for Indiana excise taxes and shipping reports demonstrates that instituting new digital processes can be challenging. The New Law Beginning with the October filings (due in November), Indiana will require alcohol […]

New Mexico Changing Online Tax Filing System

Effective Monday, June 16, 2014, New Mexico went live with their TAP online filing system for Combined Reporting System (CRS) returns. Taxpayers who file the CRS return, regardless of if they currently file paper or electronically, will need to take action to create an account with the new system if they wish to file online. […]

Introducing AutoFile – Fully Automated Filing & Payments

To our valued customers: The US beverage alcohol industry has it tough. It is one of the most regulated industries in the United States, as well as one of the most fragmented. Our industry is full of thousands of small businesses and startups; Entrepreneurs following their passion and seeking to achieve their dream of building […]

Arizona Tax Reporting Set for 2015 Simplification

In May of 2012, Governor Jan Brewer established the Transaction Privilege Tax Simplification Task Force in order to identify ways the current complex sales tax code could be simplified in the hopes of reducing tax filer stress and increasing tax-filer compliance. The conclusions of this task force, available in full in the Final Report, led […]

Don’t Fall Behind With Your Fortified Wine

Maine, New Mexico, and Washington are the only states that have separate excise tax rates for wine and wine fortified with spirits (Edit: Some states consider a product to be fortified if it is over a certain ABV, regardless of the addition of spirits). To date, we’ve accommodated wineries that shipped fortified products to consumers […]

Everything is bigger in Texas, including 4 month quarters and 13 month years

Texas sent out notices to all permitted out-of-state wine direct shippers that as of January 1, 2014, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is updating the filing periods for the C-240, Shippers Excise Tax Return. The notice states that permittees shipping less than 4,000 gallons annually to consumers in Texas may begin filing this return […]

Connecticut Wants You to File Sales Tax Online in 2014

Wine direct shippers doing business in Connecticut will be required to report and pay sales tax due for all filing frequencies beginning on or after January 1, 2014. This mandate affects direct wine shippers because sales tax remittance is a requirement of their direct shipping license in Connecticut. Currently most shippers file both their sales […]

Idaho Offers Less Frequent Reporting for Wine Direct Shippers

Monthly filings in 40+ states can be quite a burden, especially for suppliers who don’t have significant sales every month in every state. Idaho has recognized over the years that wine direct shippers generally do not have significant sales every month and is reaching out to licensed wine direct shippers letting them know they may […]

Maine State Sales Tax Rates Increase Effective October 1, 2013

Effective October 1, 2013 Maine will increase the general sales tax rate from 5% to 5.5%. This state rate increase adds to the list of statewide tax changes seen this year, including but not limited to: California, Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas, and Tennessee (food only). Accompanying the rate change, filing for the tax period containing the […]

The Pac Northwest is Heating Up! Learn How to Harness the Growth

Next week, our team will be in Napa to celebrate our 8th annual DIRECT Conference. If you’ll be in the area on June 13th, we’d love for you to attend! But did you know that we’ll also be holding events in Oregon and Washington this month? It’s easy to see why hundreds of brands in […]

Your DIRECT source of Wine Shipping Information

The ShipCompliant Blog brings you a steady flow of legislative updates, regulatory changes and other important news impacting wine shippers. If you find this information valuable, you won’t want to miss DIRECT 2013, ShipCompliant’s 8th annual Direct Sales and Shipping Seminar taking place June 13, 2013, in Napa, California. This full-day seminar will feature multiple […]

Is the Marketplace Fairness Act Fair for Wineries?

In short, yes, for a couple of reasons: 1. Wineries already pay sales tax in most states 2. The vast majority of wineries will likely be exempt from the law So what is it, exactly? Senate Bill S. 743, more commonly known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act“, is a pretty simple bill that would give […]

Maryland Direct Shippers Should Still File Sales Tax Quarterly

Maryland may still be working out some kinks in the sales tax collection component of their direct wine shippers program. Some wineries may have incorrectly received a notice that their sales tax payments should be made monthly rather than making the quarterly payments required under the DTC shipping law. It seems that some vendors are […]

Save the Peach Trees! Alcohol Tax Filing Goes Online in Georgia

Alcohol Tax Filers who pay Georgia Excise Tax or related Georgia license fees will be required to file and renew online beginning September 2012 through the Georgia Tax Center (GTC). The Georgia Department of Revenue (GDOR) has sent out a notice stating that businesses can begin managing their alcohol tax account with the GTC and […]

Washington State Simplifies Tax Filing For Wineries

Washington now allows an optional annual filing of wine tax for wineries whose total sales into Washington are less than 6,000 gallons annually (roughly 2,500 cases). Wineries that exceed the 6,000 gallon limit, however, must continue to file monthly returns. This new allowance comes after the passage of SB 5259, a bill that passed in […]

Out-of-State Shippers in Texas Get a Break on Excise Taxes – Until Now

Texas recently sent an updated Direct Shipper’s Report (form C-240) along with a letter to Out-of-State Winery Direct Shippers, alerting the licensees of a change in the tax rate to be paid on wine sent to Texas residents from out-of-state. Until now, Texas has only required out-of-state direct shippers to pay $0.204 per gallon on […]

Maryland Released Direct Shipping Report Form and Extends Deadline for Quarter 3, 2011

The Maryland Comptroller’s office released its Direct Shipper Excise Tax Return form Tuesday. This is the form that licensed direct shippers submit quarterly to pay their state excise taxes and report their shipments to consumers in the state. IMPORTANTLY, the Comptroller’s office has pushed back the deadline for direct shippers to submit their 3rd Quarter […]

Put an End to Year-End Reporting Hassles

This year, if you ship to all available states, you will need to submit a total of 556 state reports—70 of these in January alone. On top of monthly shipping and tax reports, quarterly and annual reports come due in January to significantly increase your reporting workload in the first month of the year. The […]

Qualified Idaho Wine Tax Return Filers May Opt for Less Frequent Filing

On November 5, 2010, Idaho State Tax Commission officials sent out a letter to qualified wine tax return filers, offering the opportunity to change their filing frequency from the mandatory monthly submission to quarterly, semi-annually or annually. “Qualified Filers” include direct shippers who report less than $600 of wine tax per quarter (approximately 186 9-liter […]

Kansas Issues Revenue Ruling and Amends License Term

Governor Parkinson of Kansas signed SB 452 into law, changing the license term for a Special Order Shipping License from one year to two years. The legislation became effective on July 1, 2010. The fee for a new Special Order Shipping License was adjusted to $150 to reflect the new two-year license term.  Current holders […]

The Lone Reciprocal State

New Mexico Stands Alone In 2004, 13 states had wine shipping reciprocity provisions. Essentially, reciprocal states allowed any winery to ship into their state as long as that winery’s state allowed an equal reciprocal privilege. The Granholm decision of 2005 effectively declared reciprocity unconstitutional (pop quiz: would reciprocity provisions be beyond challenge if HR 5034 […]

Hawaii Amends Due Date for Gallonage Tax

Effective July 1, 2010, the filing and payment due date the Hawaii Gallonage Tax, will change from the last day of the month to the 20th day of the month. Wineries shipping to consumers in Hawaii are required to file a “Combined Monthly Return of Liquor Tax and Report of Wine Gallons and Dollar Volume […]

New Hampshire Updates Monthly Reporting Form

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has just established a new fax line dedicated to direct shipping. Direct Shippers should fax their monthly report to the new fax number 603-271-8424 on or before the 10th of the following month. Direct Shipping Reports must be filed each month regardless of activity. Wineries with no shipments to report […]

Virginia Passes Fix-It Bill for Third Party Shippers

Wine Institute Eastern Counsel Terri Beirne has been working since July 2009 with the Virginia ABC Board, and representatives of Wine America and the Virginia wineries to resolve problems created by Virginia ABC Circular Letter 09-05. That Circular prohibited Virginia direct wine shippers from using any third-party service providers, namely fulfillment or pick and pack […]

Florida Takes Big Steps Towards Paperless Filing

Product registration in Florida is about to become a whole lot easier. Beginning April 17, Florida Alcohol Beverage & Tobacco (AB&T) will introduce a new online processing system that will shorten wait times for product registration approvals from 80 days to 2 minutes. This will significantly improve the process for wineries that distribute through traditional […]

Next Steps in Direct Shipping: Refining State Laws

As readers of this blog know, direct-to-consumer shipping has been a watchword among wineries for more than a decade. The result of all of this attention is a national shipping market that allows consumers in 37 states representing 82% of the U.S. population to receive wine purchased off-site legally. Persistent lobbying efforts and the collapse […]

Virginia ABC Offers Interim Solutions for Wineries Shipping Through Third Party Service Providers

On November 19, Terri Beirne, Wine Institute’s Eastern Counsel, met with the Virginia ABC Board, their Director, and representatives of Wine America and the Virginia wineries to continue discussions about the July Circular Letter 09-05 prohibiting direct shippers from using any third party service providers. Despite earlier indications, the Board has no plans to issue […]

Wisconsin County and Stadium Local Taxes

All businesses registered with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue received a notice (see below) that county and stadium taxes must be remitted beginning October 1st, 2009. Wineries shipping into Wisconsin are subject to this change. For all orders that were taken after October 1st and shipped to Wisconsin residents, wine shippers must remit the appropriate […]

Excise Taxes Rise in Two Direct Shipping States

On September 1, 2009, excise tax rates for wine will increase in Illinois and North Carolina. Governor Pat Quinn approved Illinois House Bill 255 on July 13, 2009. The bill increases Illinois’ excise tax on wines from $0.73 to $1.39 per gallon of wine under 20% ABV. An updated tax form for Direct Wine Shippers […]

Annual Filing Option Now Available for Direct Shippers in New York

New York has recently amended its alcohol beverage tax regulations to allow certain wine distributors to file Form MT-40 (Wine Tax Return) on an annual basis rather than a monthly basis. Out-of-State wineries must be licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority as a direct shipper and submit the “Application for Annual Tax Return […]

Kansas permit applications available, Tennessee coming soon…

Late yesterday the Kansas ABC posted their applications for direct shipping on their website.  Wine producers across the country can now apply for permission to direct ship wine to Kansas consumers effective July 1, 2009. Kansas SB 212 was signed into law by Governor Kathleen Sebelius on April 10. Wineries interested in avoiding the hassle […]

Excise Taxes Updates, New York Up and North Dakota Down

The wine excise tax rate in New York will increase on May 1, 2009 from $0.1893 per gallon to $0.30 per gallon. Wine Institute was part of a coalition of industry members that actively opposed the NY Governor’s proposal for a wine excise tax and demonstrated the detrimental effects an excise tax increase would have […]

Tips for Making End of Year Reporting Easier

Scrooge asks: Do you have tracking numbers for all 2008 Missouri shipments? Are you ready with your TTB IDs for the products you shipped into New York? Are you aware of Wisconsin’s new electronic filing requirement? If so, will you go with the manual Free File of the XML file submission? Did all of your […]

Wisconsin Liquor Reporting: Reciprocal (9 months) + Electronic Filing (3 months)

Effective October 1st, 2008, Wisconsin requires electronic filing for reporting shipments of wine into Wisconsin. According to Wisconsin, filing and paying taxes online is more accurate, more certain, and means better business. And, as we’ve discussed previously, it’s also green and convenient. Direct shippers must file their first excise tax report as a permitted Wine […]

The WSLCB Announces Online Tax Reporting and Payment System

Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) just made filing monthly summary tax reports and paying taxes a little easier by providing an online tax filing option for wineries shipping to consumers and retailers in Washington. The WSLCB encourages wineries to use their Online Tax Reporting and Payment System which saves time and simplifies the tax […]

The Lone Star State: To File Monthly or Quarterly, that is the Question

As was reported earlier this week, the Texas C-240 Direct Shipper’s Report will change from a monthly to a quarterly return for orders shipped after September 1st. However, we’ve received a number of questions about how to report shipments for the month of August. August is the last month that will require a monthly return, […]

Good News from Texas

On September 1, 2008 Texas will begin requiring direct shipping reports to be submitted on a quarterly basis. Reports will be due within 15 days of the completion of every 3 month quarter. Currently, direct shippers must file a report and pay taxes every month. The new report will no longer require direct shippers to […]

Another Paper Return Bites the Dust: Required Electronic Filing in New York (Due July 15th)

On July 1st, 2008, New York announced that their semi-annual “New York Wine Manufacturer’s Report of All Wine Directly Sold and Shipped” is required to be filed online. Shipments made from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008 must be reported to the New York Liquor Authority by July 15th, 2008. Online submission of the […]

Illinois Offers a Bit of Green for Direct Wine Shippers

For those of you that have started shipping to Illinois under their new permit system, your first round of reporting will come due this month. Fortunately, Illinois makes it easy to report your shipments and pay taxes. Electronic filing and payment is available for the Liquor Direct Wine Shipper Return (RL-26-W), and the Sales and […]

Washington: Making Change, Streamlined Style

On July 1st, 2008, when Substitute Senate Bill 5089 takes effect, Washington will join twenty-one other states that have conformed to the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement”. The bill will change the way retail sales tax is collected for some Washington businesses. Beginning July 1st, 2008, any business with nexus in Washington must pay […]

It's Not Easy Being Green…But Electronic Filing Makes It Easier

Image, “Office Paper, 2007” by Chris Jordan. June 5th was World Environment Day. And in honor of the wonderful planet on which we live, here’s a look at how some states are doing their part to make it easy for direct-to-consumer wine shippers to be eco-friendly. Generally speaking, businesses are looking to become greener; it […]

Georgia is a "Go": Residents Can Now Join Wine Clubs and Buy Wine Online from All Wineries

Good news, wineries – shipping to Georgia just got a whole lot easier! As we mentioned in a previous post, House Bill 1061 had passed in the House and has since passed in the Senate. It made its way onto the Governor’s table on April 15th, and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed it into law […]

Update Your Address Books: New Hampshire Has a Revised Direct Shipping Monthly Report

New Hampshire has updated their Monthly Direct Shipping Report Form. According to the NH Bureau of Enforcement, many wineries have been sending this report to the wrong address; the new form has been issued in part to remedy the incorrect send-to address. The new form is in an Excel format for easier use, and will […]

Wisconsin Direct Shipping Bill Receives Governor's Signature

Senate Bill 485 was passed into law yesterday, making Wisconsin the newest addition to the list of permit states. Wisconsin was one of the three remaining states that had yet to change their direct shipping laws since the Granholm ruling. Direct shipping law did not authorize intra-state shipments of wine to consumers, and the reciprocity […]

Seeing Double: Ship Your West Virginia Report Twice

We’ve received many questions about what West Virginia requires as far as reporting is concerned, so we contacted the ABCA to clear all confusion of the matter. On the West Virginia Direct Shipper’s Report it says, “Prepare this report in duplicate, mail the original and payment of taxes to the WV State Tax Department… and […]

Missouri: Beware the yellow highlighter!

The Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control is being extremely thorough in enforcing accurate reporting and excise tax payments. We’ve heard from a number of wineries that filed the Wine Direct Shipper Annual Report and Tax Computation report with the associated Sales to Missouri Residents by Wine Direct Shipper (form 40) schedule on time, […]

Reporting Madness

Hello and happy holidays from the ShipCompliant team! We’ve been a little quiet as we prepare to help all of our winery and retailer partners prepare for the big storm of reports that come due in January. Wineries that ship to all of the possible states for direct shipping can owe over 500 reports each […]

Guidelines for Submitting New Hampshire’s Monthly Report via Email

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has created a new e-mail account specifically for direct wine shippers. Wineries can send questions to directshippers@liquor.state.nh.us. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission also allows direct shippers, who have no shipments to report, to submit their monthly report via e-mail. Direct Shippers who choose to submit the report via email must […]

North Dakota Updates Direct Shipping Forms

North Dakota has updated its Direct Shipping License Application and Alcohol Liquor Tax Report. Wineries are now required to file the direct shipping license application and renewal form electronically. The license must be renewed annually by January 1. Wineries that are unable to file the license application electronically may request permission to file paper reports […]

Washington Excise Tax Confusion

We’ve had number of questions recently from wineries that are confused about the excise tax requirements in Washington. Apparently, the Washington LCB is now just outright rejecting winery submissions if they do not use the correct form. To provide a little background on this issue, Washington adopted a limited direct model on July 1st, 2006. […]