Florida | Read Time: 2 minutes

Demystifying Excise Taxes on Ready-to-Drink Beverages

Ready-to-drink beverages, often abbreviated as RTDs, have become quite popular among folks looking for convenient, pre-mixed alcoholic cocktails. These beverages come in cans and are ready for consumption right out of the fridge. However, behind the convenience lies a tangled web of taxation complexities, especially when it comes to excise taxes. Firstly, let’s understand what RTDs are. These beverages...

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Breweries | Read Time: 2 minutes

Alcohol Transfers-in-Bond: What You Need to Know

In the world of alcoholic beverages, a fascinating process called “bulk transfer” takes place. This is when one manufacturer, known as the “shipper” or “consignor,” sends a large quantity of wine or distilled spirits to another manufacturer, referred to as the “receiving plant” or “consignee.” This type of transfer, often known as a “transfer in bond” (TIB), is quite...

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Imports | Read Time: 3 minutes

Important Things to Know About Taxes on Imported Spirits Bottled in the U.S.

Taxes are a vital part of importing spirits into the United States. In most cases, imported spirits need to pay taxes at US Customs. These taxes, known as federal excise taxes, are collected by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Understanding how taxes work for imported spirits can help you better understand their costs and pricing....

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Florida | Read Time: 3 minutes

Florida Business Owners: You Need a Business Tax Receipt (Maybe Two)

Alcoholic beverage companies operating in Florida must apply for and maintain several federal, state and local government licenses and permits. One of the most common is the business tax receipt (BTR). Florida Counties and Cities Require BTRs for Nearly All Businesses The Florida Statutes generally authorizes counties and cities to levy a business tax for the privilege of engaging...

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Federal Regulation | Read Time: 2 minutes

New 2023 Rules for Alcohol Importers and Foreign Suppliers

The Craft Beverage Modernization Act (CBMA) is a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that lowered taxes on all beverage alcohol producers, big and small, foreign and domestic. In 2020, the tax cuts became permanent. Effective as of January 1, 2023, the Treasury Department–particularly, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)–is in...

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Beverage Legislation | Read Time: 2 minutes

Anxious About Federal Excise Taxes…Again

The end of the federal Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) on December 31, 2020 would mean big excise tax increases for small manufacturers. What is the CBMTRA and Where is It Going? The CBMTRA was passed along with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The federal law made changes to the US Tax Code...

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Federal Regulation | Read Time: 3 minutes

Federal and State Requirements for Florida Manufacturers of Hand Sanitizers

Temporary Relief from Federal Requirements for Nonbeverage Alcohol To encourage the nation’s alcohol manufacturers to produce hand sanitizer and ethanol for use in hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (the TTB) issued Public Guidance 2020-1 and 2020-1A. The TTB guidance continues through December 31, 2020. Under the TTB guidance, the...

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ABT | Read Time: < 1 minute

Stay Current on Taxes and Filings

Manufacturing beer, wine, and distilled spirits involves a surprising amount of paperwork. From monthly production reports to fictitious name renewals every 5 years, there’s a lot of deadlines to keep track of. We’ve created an information sheet to help. Filing Deadlines for Florida Beverage Manufacturers is a simple chart of the deadlines of the most common production reports, tax...

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Breweries | Read Time: 3 minutes

What Beverage Manufacturers Should Know About Opportunity Zones

Beverage manufacturers–breweries, distilleries, and wineries–are ideally suited to bring valuable investment to rundown neighborhoods and distressed communities. These are the exact areas targeted by the Opportunity Zone tax incentives created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Some new and existing beverage manufacturers might benefit from locating in “O-Zones.”

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