Weekly Digest | Alcohol eCommerce by State, TTB Rewards, Commerce Clause, NJ Laws, IL Booze Tax

May 23, 2019

In this week’s digest, a new report shows interest in online alcohol shopping by state and Rob Tobiassen reviews the TTB internal rewards system. See what’s happened in the fourteen years since Granholm v Heald and a former New Jersey resident discusses the state’s archaic laws. Lastly, Illinois proposes a new plan that would increase already steep alcohol taxes for residents.

A Report Shows State-By-State US Consumer Interest In Alcohol eCommerce

If you’re an e-retailer, it’s important to pay attention to America’s eCommerce shopping habits. A new report shows which US states are most interested in online shopping. The top five states that search terms for online wine purchasing might surprise you.

Pride in a Job Well-done, or Blood Money? The Cost of Learning the Truth from the TTB about the Benefits to Investigators from Making Cases Against Industry Members

In an article by Rob Tobiassen, the former Chief Counsel of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Burea (TTB) investigates whether rewards given to TTB employees might be influencing the recent uptick in violations. Should TTB have limitations similar to those imposed on the IRS?

Let’s Hear It For the Commerce Clause! 14 years since Granholm v Heald.

A lot has happened in the fourteen years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Granholm v Heald. Today, forty-five states, up from twenty-seven in 2005, have access to direct wine shipping. Currently, the focus remains on the five remaining states and lifting hurtles like capacity caps.

Ridiculous NJ Law Denies Wine Lovers Free Choice

It’s not that wineries don’t want to ship to New Jersey residents, many can’t because of archaic state laws. See a former garden state resident’s take on these restrictions and how these laws are not just inconvenient but cost New Jersey money.

Illinois Road Plan Would Mean Tax Spike Booze, Streaming Media Services

To help pay for a $41.5 billion dollar infrastructure plan, Illinois put forth a plan that would increase taxes on beer, liquor and wine among other things. Opponents argue that this is a regressive tax that targets lower-income residents, and with already high taxes, this increase may push residents to buy out of state.

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