In 2018, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) amended Rule 41.56 Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper’s Permits to require more frequent reporting by direct shipper permittees and require permittees to include the name of the common carrier and unique common carrier tracking number for each shipment on their reports. Additionally, the gallonage threshold for frequency of reporting increased from 4,000 gallons to 5,000 gallons shipped annually to Texas consumers.
Effective Jan. 1, 2019, holders of out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permits that shipped 5,000 gallons or more to consumers in Texas during the previous calendar year must file a monthly report and holders of out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permits that shipped less than 5,000 gallons to consumers in Texas during the previous calendar year must file a quarterly report. All reports and tax payments are due on the 15th day of the month following the end of the applicable reporting period. The first monthly report, covering Jan. 2019, is due on Feb. 15, 2019 and the first quarterly report, covering Jan. 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019, is due on April 15, 2019.
The new monthly and quarterly forms for reporting wine shipments sent to Texas consumers in 2019 and thereafter are available on Wine Institute’s Texas Direct Shipping page on the TABC website.