Weekly Digest | CO Sales Tax Delay, TTB Enforcement Settlement, Regulatory Roundup, Napa Permits, Hemp Legalization, WI Priorities

December 13, 2018

In this week’s digest, we look into an additional delay in the rollout of Colorado’s new sales tax rules, a wholesaler dishes out a massive payout to TTB, an overview of the most relevant provisions of the California ABC Act, an update of Napa County’s new winery use permit compliance resolution, a new law that Congress passed that legalizes hemp farming, and Wine Institute discusses top issues with California legislators.

Colorado Further Delays Rollout of New Sales Tax Rules
Once again, Colorado has made a change to their new sales tax rules influenced by the Wayfair decision. This time Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) postponed the implementation of the new rules from March 31, 2019, to May 31, 2019. This change was made after the emergency hearing held on November 30, 2018, where attendees urged the DOR to extend the grace period due to the complexity involved.

Illinois Distributor’s Massive Payout to TTB
Elgin Beverage Company, an Illinois wholesaler, paid the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau (TTB) $325,000 for paying $10,000 to retailers through a third-party marketing company to carry and promote their product while excluding competing brand. TTB cannot directly fine rule breakers and it’s the industry member’s choice to settle the negotiations for a suitable amount.

Strike & Techel California Regulatory Roundup
Strike & Techel Alcohol Beverage Law gives an overview of the most relevant new provisions of the California ABC Act that were signed into law recently. Take a look at all of the laws that will go into effect starting January 1, 2019.

Update: Napa County Adopts New Winery Use Permit Compliance Resolution
A new code compliance resolution was adopted unanimously by the Napa County Board of Supervisors on December 4, 2018, and gave wineries in violation until March 28, 2019, to remedy their infractions. See what this new code entails and what wineries will need to do to stay compliant.

Congress Just Quietly Passed a Law That Could Spark a Boom For the $1 Billion Marijuana-linked CBD Industry
Hemp, a plant that’s very similar to marijuana, was just deemed legal to grow in the US if the bill is signed into law by the President. The US Farm Bill passed on Wednesday not only allows farmers to plant and harvest hemp, but they can now be eligible for the same benefits that farmers and researchers of other crops have, including the ability to apply for insurance and federal grants. Most notably, now that hemp is legal, CBD from hemp may be legal, too.

Wine Institute Discusses Top Issues With California Legislators, Including the Extension of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act
During a recent joint hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Wine and Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry, industry members spoke on a variety of topics including the future of wine excise tax reform, tariffs, and Brexit. Extending the provisions of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act is a top priority for Wine Institute. See what else was discussed that could shape the future of California’s wine industry.

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