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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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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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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Improved Tax Rate Look-Up Tool Available on Wine Institute Members’ Site

Wine Institute is making a new version of ShipCompliant’s tax rate look-up tool available to members, free of charge. The tax software allows users to look up the required excise and sales tax rates needed to comply with direct-to-consumer wine shipping laws. Providing up-to-date excise and sales tax rates on the cost of wine for […]

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Reminder: Utah is a felony state!

Just a quick reminder that Utah is a felony state for direct shipping. Individuals returning from abroad may bring into state up to one quart of wine or brandy. A person moving to Utah may possess wine or brandy not purchased at a state store if all taxes and markups have been paid and clearance is […]

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Michigan Removes Onerous DTC Label & Packaging Requirements

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation (SB 1088) into law on Jan. 9, 2017, which included amendments that Wine Institute supported that will remove onerous labeling and packaging requirements for winery direct-to-consumer shipments. When SB 1088 takes effect on March 29, 2017, wineries shipping into Michigan will no longer be required to include their Michigan […]

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New Annual Report Form

Idaho has released an updated version of its Wine Direct Shipper Annual Report Form.   The new report no longer requires shippers to include the consumer’s date of birth.  A copy of the form may be found under Idaho Reporting Forms.

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WV DTC Rules Update

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 wine to a West Virginia […]

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Monroe, NH is No Longer Dry

On November 8, 2016, voters in the town of Monroe, New Hampshire voted to approve to approve alcohol sales. With the alcohol sales ban lifted, Direct Shipper Permittees may ship wine to adult residents of Bridgewater. Ellsworth is now the only dry town left in New Hampshire. No direct shipper may ship to a dry […]

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