Approximately 483 federal employees that work for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) have dutifully reported to work today “for the orderly shutdown of TTB.” We have all heard how that the inability of Congress to pass a spending bill is creating a shutdown of the federal government, but what does that really mean for us in the alcohol beverage industry?
Well, during the shutdown you won’t be able to file any COLAs, permits or formulas online. Also, if you have any of those types of applications pending with TTB they will be placed on hold and will not be processed any further during the shutdown.
But don’t worry – if you want to file your tax return and you owe excise taxes, TTB will accommodate you during the shutdown. They will remain staffed to process such returns.