DTC Shippers Not Required to Pay VA Litter Tax

Some Wine Institute members holding VA direct-to-consumer licenses have received letters from the Virginia Department of Taxation saying that they are “delinquent” on several years of litter tax payments. Wine Institute has worked with local officials to determine that no such tax payment is due. Any member who has received a notice from Virginia’s Tax […]

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New DTC Permit Law

In 2016, the citizens of Oklahoma passed a ballot measure removing alcohol regulation from the Oklahoma Constitution and establishing those laws be governed by a new article, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (“ABCA”).  Included in the ballot measure was the allowance for the direct shipment of wine to Oklahoma consumers.  The 2016 Oklahoma Legislature passed […]

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Michigan Continues to Actively Enforce DTC Law

Members are reminded that the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is actively conducting sting operations and wineries should review their procedures to ensure compliance with Michigan’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) law. Specifically, direct shippers must verify that the person placing the order is at least 21 years of age by either obtaining a copy of the purchaser’s […]

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New Reporting Requirement in Maryland

Maryland allows wineries, but not retail licensees, to direct ship to Maryland consumers only those wines that the wineries produce. Effective July 1, 2017, Maryland will begin requiring all wineries, at the time of licensure or renewal, to identify those wine brands produced by the winery that they intend to ship direct to consumers in […]

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New Information for Wineries Shipping to Louisiana Consumers

A new rule requiring that wineries shipping to Louisiana consumers place their Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) Direct Shipper Permit number on the package will go into effect July 13. However, Wine Institute has reached an agreement with the ATC Commissioner to move the permit number to the invoice that is already required inside […]

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Update on Colorado Remote Sellers Law

Last fall, Wine Institute reported on the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a Colorado-based case on “remote sellers” legislation passed several years ago. The law requires remote sellers to send customer sales reports to the Department of Revenue (DOR) if they do not collect sales taxes on remote purchases in Colorado. With the Court’s refusal, […]

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North Dakota Clarifies DTC Sales & Use Tax Requirements

North Dakota tax laws are being interpreted by the Office of State Tax Commissioner to require out-of-state direct shipper licensees to collect and remit local sales and use taxes on wine shipped to consumers in ND, in addition to the 7% state alcohol beverage gross receipts tax. A winery that has been issued a Direct […]

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Maine Implements New Container Redemption Program Rule

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new rule for the Beverage Container Redemption Program became effective on May 8, 2017. Under the new rule only one distributor is permitted to register product labels of the same brand and act as the Initiator of Deposit (IoD). Therefore, a winery who sells product labels of the […]

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