Louisiana Sales Tax Changes for DTC

Wine Institute has just learned that wineries that sell and ship wine directly to consumers in Louisiana may be subject to additional local sales and use tax obligations under Louisiana’s remote seller economic nexus rules. Out-of-state direct wine shipper permittees must register with the Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers and collect […]

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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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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 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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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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Louisiana DTC Permit Application Now Available

The application form for a Louisiana Direct Wine Shipper permit and instructions for how to apply for a direct wine shipper permit are now available on the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) and Wine Institute websites. Pursuant to Act 637 (effective July 1, 2016) of the 2016 Regular Session of the Louisiana […]

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Louisiana Governor Signs Improved Consumer Wine Shipping Bill into Law

On June 22, 2016, Louisiana Governor Edwards signed legislation (HB 667) into law which will allow wineries holding a Direct Wine Shipper permit to ship wine directly to consumers (DTC) in Louisiana, without requiring the consumer to visit the winery—as long as the wine has not been assigned to a Louisiana wholesaler. The newly-signed law […]

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Louisiana’s New DTC Registration Requirement & Restrictions for Off-Site Sales

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) has reversed its eight-year old position that wineries with contracts with Louisiana wholesalers could ship direct to consumers any label not sold to a wholesaler. That will no longer be the case. A winery that sells, directly or indirectly, to a Louisiana wholesaler is no longer […]

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New Online Label Registration Available in Louisiana

The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) last week announced the procedures for registering labels under its new online system. (ATC is now responsible for all label registrations for member wineries—which no longer need to register labels with the Department of Health.) Louisiana is utilizing the Product Registration Online (PRO) system already in use in […]

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New Label Approval Process and Direct Shipping Requirements in Louisiana

On July 1, 2015 Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation (H 331) into law moving the alcohol beverage label approval process from the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) to the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC). He also signed S 235, which establishes new requirements for licensed direct shippers and common carriers. H […]

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