Wineries Must Pay the Chicago Liquor Tax on DTC sales Beginning July 1, 2020

Earlier this year the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Lightfoot’s proposal to extend the city liquor tax to include remote and online sales shipped into Chicago. Prior to this change, the city liquor tax only applied to sales physically occurring in Chicago. Under the amended ordinance, any winery that ships direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales to a […]

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State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance for ABC Licensees

To assist with winery sales and business operations, Wine Institute’s State Relations Team has compiled a listing of guidance for State ABC licensees in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new resource page is updated continuously as new information is released and changes impacting the sale and regulation of wine are implemented. Many of the […]

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Tasting Samples for Virtual Winery Experiences Approved by TTB

In an effort to help stimulate DTC wine sales, Wine Institute requested that TTB and California ABC provide clear guidance on whether small containers of wine may be shipped to winery customers by common carriers for virtual tastings. During Shelter-in-Place orders, this would replace the traditional tasting room experience where visitors sample small quantities of […]

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States Enforce DTC Rules

The continued growth of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales channel means that states will continue to make DTC shipping laws a priority for enforcement in 2020. An increasing number of states are investigating DTC shipments and conducting compliance checks on direct shipper permit holders and common carriers. Wineries that ship directly to consumers outside of California […]

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New Illinois DTC Report Due Feb. 1

Wineries are reminded that the Illinois direct shipping law was amended, effective Jan. 1, 2017, to require third-party providers shipping wine on behalf of an Illinois direct-to-consumer (DTC) licensee to file an annual statement with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC). The statement must detail each shipment made to an Illinois consumer on behalf of […]

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Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Updates: IL, LA and MA

Illinois On Aug. 26, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (“SB 2989”) into law that establishes strict penalties for direct wine shipping violations and imposes new reporting requirements on common carriers and fulfillment houses related to direct wine shipping. Under the new law, the holder of an IL Wine Shipper license will be required […]

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New Tax Information for Illinois DTC Shippers

In the wake of recent litigation in Illinois accusing wineries of failing to pay the sales tax on shipping charges for wine being shipped directly to consumers in the state, we have updated the tax information on our website with the following information: The taxability of shipping charges in Illinois is not clear. However, there […]

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