Alabama Becomes 47th State to Open for Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation (H.B. 437), based on Wine Institute’s model direct shipping bill, on May 13, 2021. This makes Alabama the 47th state to allow winery direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping. Wine Institute thanks Representative Terri Collins for sponsoring the bill and Governor Ivey for signing it. H.B. 437 becomes effective on August 1, 2021. Under the […]

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DTC Changes in Tennessee

On May 12, 2021, Tennessee Governor Lee signed legislation (H.B. 1481) to increase the amount of wine that a direct shipper may now ship to a consumer per year, from three to six cases. This is for direct shippers producing less than 270,000 liters (30,000 cases) per year. The three case per person, per year, […]

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Tennessee Governor Signs Workable Fulfillment Legislation

The Tennessee legislature has passed and the Governor has signed a bill that requires licensing and reporting by fulfillment houses and reporting of DTC shipment information by wineries. The bill(s), as originally filed, would have banned the use of fulfillment houses for DTC wine sales. Wine Institute worked with stakeholders and the ABC to craft a […]

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Florida & Kansas Enact Laws Requiring Some Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax Beginning July 1, 2021

Florida: Under a new law, Chapter 2021-2, Laws of Florida, businesses that have no physical presence in the state, including wineries making direct-to-consumer shipments, must register with the Department of Revenue to collect and remit sales tax. Registration is required if businesses had over $100,000 in taxable retail sales of tangible personal property to Florida consumers during the previous […]

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Register for Texas ABC Talk on New Temporary Licensing Process in Summer 2021

In order to launch a new license technology and support legislative ABC license/permit changes effective Sept. 1, the Texas ABC (TABC) must temporarily change the licensing process this summer. Wineries are invited to register for the free virtual “TABC Talk” on Wed., April 14 at 10am PST, which will provide guidance on how to submit applications and renewals […]

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Kentucky Improves DTC Law

The Kentucky General Assembly has passed, and the Governor has signed, HB 415. The new law was enacted in order to correct flaws in the original DTC law, and to undo various effects of regulations that had been adopted to implement the original law. Of primary consequence is the explicit authorization of the use of […]

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Wyoming Improves DTC Law

Wyoming Governor Gordon signed HB 13 on Feb. 9, 2021, increasing the amount of wine that a licensed out-of-state wine shipper may ship to any one household address. The law, which goes into effect on July 1 of this year, allows Wyoming consumers to receive up to 12 cases of wine in a 12-month period. Previously, the […]

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Prop 65 Update: Clear & Reasonable Warnings

In January, OEHHA posted a Notice of Adoption of Amendments to Proposition 65. The amendments relate to methods for providing warnings for alcoholic beverages purchased over the internet or through mobile apps. These changes require no additional action for wineries that follow Wine Institute’s prior advice on Prop 65 warnings. The regulation will be effective […]

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Illinois Sales Tax Changes for Certain DTC Licensees

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, winery shipper licensees that do not have a physical presence in Illinois and meet either of the Wayfair tax remittance thresholds are required to collect and remit all state and local imposed sales taxes, also known as Retailers’ Occupation Tax (ROT), on sales shipped to Illinois consumers at the destination rate […]

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Kentucky Launches DTC Shipping Program

On Dec. 14, the Kentucky legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administration Regulations approved the final Direct Shipping Administrative Regulation allowing the Kentucky ABC to process requests for Direct Shipper Licenses authorized under legislation (HB 415) enacted earlier this year.  While Kentucky’s new law allowing for the direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of wine, beer […]

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