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Alcoholic Beverage Tax Regulations

Contents

Title 18 of the California Code of Regulations

Article 2. Invoices

Article 3. Inventories

Article 4. Reports

Article 7. Samples

Article 8. Exports and Sales for Export

Alcoholic Beverage Tax Regulations

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS

Title 18. Public Revenues Division 2. State Board of Equalization—Business Taxes Chapter 6. Alcoholic Beverage Tax


Regulation 2500. Records.

Reference: Sections 32452 and 32453, Revenue and Taxation Code.

A taxpayer shall maintain and make available for examination on request by the board or its authorized representatives, records in the manner set forth at California Code of Regulations, Title 18, Section 4901.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 13, 2002, effective March 6, 2003. Entire regulation amended to implement and make specific Revenue and Taxation Code Sections 32452 and 32453 by clarifying the record keeping requirements for all alcoholic beverage licensees. Added language concerning machine-sensible records and alternative storage media in order to make the regulation consistent with Sales and Use Tax Regulation 1698 (Title 18. Cal. Code of Regs., Section 1698). Title of regulation changed from "General" to "Records".

Amended February 5, 2003, effective May 28, 2003. The underscored citation indicates an electronic hyperlink to the cite. Common administrative provisions for special taxes programs have been consolidated in Chapter 9.9 Special Taxes Administration. General record keeping requirements can be found at the referenced cite.

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Regulation 2504. Distilled Spirits Produced, Packaged, or Bottled.

Reference: Sections 32211 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every distilled spirits manufacturer, manufacturer's agent, brandy manufacturer, and rectifier shall keep and preserve a record of all distilled spirits produced, manufactured, cut, blended, rectified, bottled, packaged or otherwise acquired in this State. A daily record of such acquisitions shall be made in book forms prescribed by the board. All distilled spirits received from licensee's own bottling or packaging department shall be recorded in form BOE-240-A. Receipts from the bottling or packaging department shall include all distilled spirits bottled or packaged, whether or not the distilled spirits are owned by the licensee.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended May 4, 1978, effective June 21, 1978. Added "packaged" in first, "or packaging" in third and fourth, and "or packaged" in last sentence, respectively.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "SBE form 240A" with "form BOE-240-A" in the text. Replaced "32001-32556" with "32211 and 32452" in the reference note.

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Regulation 2505. Bottled or Packaged Distilled Spirits Acquired in California.

Reference: Sections 32211 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every distilled spirits taxpayer shall keep a record in form BOE-241-A of all bottled or packaged distilled spirits acquired from other distilled spirits taxpayers in California and of all distilled spirits received from licensee's own branches in California.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended May 4, 1978, effective June 21, 1978. Added "or packaged".

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "SBE Form 241A" with "form BOE-241-A" in the text. Replaced "32201-32256" with "32221 and 33452" in the reference note.

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Regulation 2506. Bottled or Packaged Distilled Spirits Imported.

Reference: Sections 32211 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every distilled spirits or brandy importer shall keep a record in form BOE-242-A of all bottled or packaged distilled spirits acquired by direct importation from without the State.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended May 4, 1978, effective June 21, 1978. Added "or packaged."

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "SBE Form 242A" with "form BOE-242-A" in the text. Replaced "32201-32256" with "32211 and 32452" in the reference note.

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Regulation 2507. Distilled Spirits Sold or Exported.

Authority Cited: Section 32451, Revenue and Taxation Code, Reference: Sections 32211 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every distilled spirits taxpayer shall keep a record of all distilled spirits sold, and in addition thereto, shall make a daily record in book forms prescribed by the board covering all distilled spirits sold or delivered to other taxpayers in California and all distilled spirits exported or sold for export from California, as follows:

(a) All sales or deliveries of distilled spirits to other California distilled spirits taxpayers, all transfers of distilled spirits to licensee's own branches in California, and all returns of distilled spirits to original vendors in California, shall be recorded in form BOE-243-B.

(b) All sales of distilled spirits exported or sold for export from California and actually exported and all sales of distilled spirits to common carriers engaged in interstate or foreign passenger service, shall be recorded in form BOE-244-B.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "SBE Form 243B" with "form BOE-243-B" in subsection (a). Replaced "SBE Form 244B" with "form BOE-244-B" in subdivision (b). Added authority and reference notes.

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Regulation 2508. Distilled Spirits Invoices and Bottling or Packaging Records.

Reference: Sections 32211 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

All purchase invoices and bottling or packaging records covering distilled spirits acquisitions and all sales invoices, credit memoranda, or other data supporting such sales or deliveries, must be retained by the licensee and filed in such manner as to be readily available for verification by employees of the board.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended May 4, 1978, effective June 21, 1978. Added "or packaging."

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "32201-32556" with "32211 and 32452" in the reference note.

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Regulation 2509. Prepayment of Distilled Spirits Tax; Consolidated Returns.

Authority cited: Section 32451, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 32211 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Any distilled spirits wholesaler may make an application to the board for permission to prepay the distilled spirits excise tax on his inventory of distilled spirits on hand as of the first day of any calendar month, and for permission thereafter to pay the excise tax levied on sales of distilled spirits on the basis of subsequent purchases and acquisitions of distilled spirits by him. Any wholesaler who has been granted such permission and who operates more than one location for which distilled spirits wholesalers' licenses are issued and who elects to file a consolidated tax return covering distilled spirits transactions for all of his branch premises, need not include in his forms BOE-241-A and BOE-243-B transfers of distilled spirits between his own premises as otherwise provided in this article.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "SBE Forms 241A and 243B" with "forms BOE-241-A and BOE-243-B" in the text. Added authority and reference notes.

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Regulation 2512. Beer and Wine Production; Beer Bottling; Wholesalers' Beer and Wine Purchases.

Authority cited: Section 32451, Revenue and Taxation Code. References: Sections 32171, 32173, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every beer manufacturer or wine grower shall keep and preserve a record of all beer or wine manufactured or produced in this State. Such records must show the quantity produced and the disposition thereof. Duplicates of federal production and bottling records, if available to employees of the board, shall suffice to comply with this regulation.

Every beer manufacturer shall keep and preserve separately a record of all beer received by the bottling, canning, and cooperage departments and packaged therein.

Every beer and wine wholesaler shall keep and preserve a record of all beer and wine purchased in this State. This record must show the kind and quantity of beer or wine purchased, the name and address of the person from whom purchased, and the date received. Purchase invoices containing all of the above information, if filed so as to be readily accessible for verification by employees of the board, shall suffice to comply with this regulation.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Added authority and reference notes.

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Regulation 2513. Beer and Wine Imported.

Authority cited: Section 32541, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 32175 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every importer of beer and wine shall keep a record in form BOE-269-A of all beer and wine imported into this State. This record must be supported by purchase invoices filed in such manner as to be readily accessible for verification by employees of the board.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. replaced "SBE Form 269-A" with form "BOE-269-A" in the text. Added authority and reference notes.

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Regulation 2514. Beer and Wine Sold.

Authority cited: Section 32451, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 32171, 32173, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every manufacturer, wine grower, importer, and beer and wine wholesaler shall keep and preserve a record of all beer and wine sold. This record must show the name and address of the purchaser, the date sold, the kind and quantity, the size and capacity of packages of beer or wine sold, the price, container charges or deposits and any discount offered.

Sales invoices containing all of the above information, if filed so as to be readily accessible for verification by employees of the board, shall suffice to comply with this regulation.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Added authority and reference notes.

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Regulation 2520. Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer.

Reference: Sections 32260 and 32262, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Payments by electronic funds transfer shall be made in accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 18, Section 4905.

History: Adopted March 22, 2005, effective July 7, 2005. The underscored citation indicates an electronic hyperlink to the cite.

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Regulation 2525. Contents.

Authority cited: Section 32451, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 32173, 32211, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) Every sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages, except beer, from one licensee to another licensee must be recorded on a sales invoice, whether or not consideration is involved.

Invoices covering the sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages must be filed in such manner as to be readily accessible for examination by employees of the board and shall not be commingled with invoices covering commodities other than alcoholic beverages. Each sales invoice shall have printed thereon the name and address of the seller and shall show the following information:

(1) Name and address of the purchaser.

(2) Date of sale and invoice number.

(3) Kind, quantity, size, and capacity of packages of alcoholic beverages sold.

(4) The cost to the purchaser, together with any discount which at any time is to be given on or from the price as shown on the invoice.

(5) The place from which delivery of the alcoholic beverages was made unless delivery was made from the premises of the licensee or from a public warehouse located in the same county.

(6) Invoices covering sales of distilled spirits by distilled spirits taxpayers to other distilled spirits taxpayers shall show, in addition to the above, the total number of wine gallons covered by the invoice.

(b) Invoices covering sales of wine in internal revenue bond by a wine grower to another wine grower must also show that delivery was made "in bond."

(c) Invoices covering sales of alcoholic beverages for use in trades, professions, or industries, and not for beverage use, must be marked or stamped: "No State tax—not for beverage use."

(d) Invoices covering the sale of alcoholic beverages for export must be marked or stamped: "Sold for export."

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Added authority and reference notes.

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Regulation 2530. Inventories.

Reference: Sections 32151, 32152, 32201, 32211, 32220, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) DISTILLED SPIRITS. Every distilled spirits taxpayer shall furnish to the board a statement of the gallonage of finished packaged distilled spirits on hand at the end of each month, or other reporting period authorized by the Board.

This statement shall be made on the Distilled Spirits Tax Return. Except as provided below, at least two of these statements shall be prepared from semi-annual physical inventories, a detailed record of which must be available at all times for verification by employees of the board. For taxpayers reporting on an annual basis, the statement shall be prepared from the December semi-annual physical inventory. A detailed record of the semi-annual physical inventories must be available at all times for verification by employees of the board.

A distilled spirits taxpayer shall be relieved of the requirement of taking one of the required semi-annual physical inventories upon the filing with the board of a copy of an order of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) waiving the taking of such inventory and approving the taxpayer's taking of physical inventories on an annual basis. Said taxpayer may continue to take physical inventories on an annual basis until such waiver is rescinded by the board or by the TTB. The board may rescind the waiver and reimpose the requirement of semi-annual physical inventories if it finds that such semi-annual physical inventories are necessary to law enforcement or protection of the revenue. A distilled spirits taxpayer shall furnish to the board a copy of any order of the TTB affecting the taking of physical inventories by such taxpayer within 10 days of the taxpayer's receipt of such order.

(b) BEER. Every licensed beer manufacturer shall take a physical inventory monthly of bulk and bottled beer in the brewery bottling house in such manner as provided in Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 25.294 as it reads on April 1, 1989.

(c) WINE. Every licensed wine grower shall take a physical inventory of all wine and distilling material on hand in United States internal revenue bond on June 30th of each year or, if an annual inventory period ending on other than June 30 has been approved by the TTB, then the inventory shall be taken at the end of such annual inventory period.

(d) SUPPORTING RECORDS. All records used in preparing inventories for certification to the board shall be kept at the licensee's premises for verification by employees of the board.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended December 17, 1975, effective January 1, 1976.

Amended August 16, 1978, effective October 6, 1978. In (a) added that statement of gallonage be made on the return; specified conditions for waiver of semi-annual physical inventory.

Amended December 1, 1983, effective August 22, 1984. In (b) changed "Title 26" to "Title 27". In (c) deleted requirements for two physical inventories annually and added language following "each year".

Amended November 1, 1989, effective February 1, 1990. Corrected the federal title of "regulatory administrator" to "director (compliance)". Amended subparagraph (b) to reflect a change in numbering in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Corrected reference to Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations in subdivision (b) to read "Section 25.294" in place of "Section 25294."

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "Taxpayer's" with "Tax" before "Return" in the second paragraph of subdivision (a). Replaced "tax" with "taxpayer" after "distilled spirits"'; deleted "regional director (compliance) of the" before "Federal"; replaced "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms" with "Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)" after "Federal"; and replaced "federal regional director (compliance)" with "TTB" two times in the third paragraph of subdivision (a). Replaced "regional director (compliance) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms" with "TTB" in subdivision (c). Added "32201," and ", 32220," in the reference note.

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Regulation 2535. Distilled Spirits.

Reference: Sections 32201, 32211, 32220, 32251, 32251.5, 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every distilled spirits taxpayer shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each and every month, or, on or before the fifteenth day of the month following the close of such other reporting period authorized by the board, file with the board at Sacramento a tax return on the form prescribed by the board of all sales of distilled spirits for the reporting period, together with such other information as is required on said form.

Every distilled spirits taxpayer shall immediately following the close of business on the last day of each month forward the original page, or pages, of forms BOE-241-A, BOE-242-A, BOE-243-B, and BOE-244-B to the board at Sacramento, provided that additional entries in these forms as have been made since the last reporting date.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended December 17, 1975, effective January 1, 1976.

Amended December 1, 1983, effective June 8, 1984. In second paragraph inserted "242A" and deleted dates prior to "last day of each month". Deleted last paragraph.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Inserted a comma between "shall" and "immediately"; replaced "SBE Forms 241A, 242A, 243B, and 244B" with "forms BOE-241-A, BOE-242-A, BOE-243-B, and BOE-244-B"; and deleted "as required by Article 1" between "forms" and "have" in the second paragraph. Added "32220," to the reference note.

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Regulation 2536. Beer Manufacturers.

Reference: Sections 32151, 32152, 32175, 32176, 32220, 32251, 32251.5, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every licensed beer manufacturer shall, on or before the fifteenth of each and every month, or, on or before the fifteenth day of the month following the close of such other reporting period authorized by the board, file with the board at Sacramento, a tax return on forms prescribed by the board of all sales of beer for the preceding reporting period, together with such other information as is required on said forms.

In determining the tax due on the sale of beer in bottles or cans, the quantity sold shall be computed in accordance with the following table:

Number of Bottles or Cans Per Case Fluid Contents (Ounces) of Each Bottle or Can Barrel Equivalent
4 64 0.06452
6 64 .09677
12 6 .01815
12 7 .02117
12 8 .02419
12 12 .03629
12 14 .04234
12 30 .09073
12 32 .09677
24 6 .03629
24 7 .04234
24 8 .04839
24 9 .05444
24 10 .06048
24 11 .06653
24 12 .07258
24 13 .07863
24 14 .08468
24 15 .09073
24 16 .09677
36 7 .05444
36 7 .06351
36 8 .07258
48 12 .14516
50 12 .15120

Since the determination of tax liability is based upon a count of cases of bottles or cans, only bottles or cans of uniform size and content may be packaged in the same case or shipping container.

If beer is to be packaged in cases of sizes other than those shown above, the beer manufacturer shall notify the board in advance and request to be advised of the proper fractional barrel equivalent of the proposed container.

Reports of inventories required to be made on each tax return shall be in agreement with Federal Form TTB F 5130.9.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended December 17, 1975, effective January 1, 1976.

Amended October 19, 1988, effective January 14, 1989. Amended to delete paragraph regarding SBE Form 259 which is no longer required.

Amended November 1, 1989, effective January 27, 1990. Corrected the last paragraph to reflect the correct number of a federal form which was changed by the Federal Government.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Added "TTB F" after "Federal Form" in the last sentence and added "32220," to the reference note.

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Regulation 2537. Wine Growers.

Reference: Sections 32151, 32152, 32173, 32174, 32175, 32176, 32220, 32251, 32251.5, 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every licensed wine grower shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each and every month, or, on or before the fifteenth day of the month following the close of such other reporting period authorized by the board, file with the board at Sacramento, a tax return on forms prescribed by the board of all sales of wine for the preceding reporting period, together with such other information as is required on said form.

Reports of inventories required to be made on each tax return must be in agreement with the data on Federal Form TTB F 5120.17. The amounts reported must be book inventories for all months except for the end of the annual inventory period as described in Regulation 2530. The inventory reported in that month must be a physical inventory.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended December 17, 1975, effective January 1, 1976.

Amended December 1, 1983, effective August 22, 1984. Revised second paragraph.

Amended October 19, 1988, effective January 11, 1989. Amended to delete paragraph regarding SBE Form 259 which is no longer required.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Deleted "Report" after "Federal" and "(702)" after "5120.17" and added "TTB F" between "Form" and "5120.17" in the second paragraph. Added "32220," to the reference note.

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Regulation 2538. Beer and Wine Importers.

Reference: Sections 32151, 32171, 32173, 32174, 32175, 32176, 32220, 32251, 32251.5, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every licensed beer and wine importer shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each and every month, or on or before the fifteenth day of the month following the close of such other reporting period authorized by the board, file with the board at Sacramento, a tax return on the form prescribed by the board of all sales of beer or wine for the preceding reporting period, together with such other information as is required on such form.

A wine grower holding both a winegrower's license and a beer and wine importer's license shall include the total imports of wine for the reporting period on the "Winegrower Tax Return".

A beer manufacturer holding both a beer manufacturer's license and a beer and wine importer's license shall include the total imports of beer on the "Beer Manufacturer Tax Return".

Every licensed beer and wine importer shall, on or before the fifteenth day of the month following the close of each reporting period, file form BOE-269-A.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended December 17, 1975, effective January 1, 1976.

Amended October 19, 1988, effective January 14, 1989. Amended to delete paragraph regarding SBE Form 259 which is no longer required.

Amended November 13, 2002, effective March 6, 2003. Amended second and third paragraphs to clarify return reporting requirements when taxpayers have two types of licenses.

Corrected amendments made November 13, 2002, effective March 6, 2003, to delete prior text from paragraph 2: "his "Tax Return of Wine Grower" " and paragraph 3: "and not on his "Tax Return of Beer and Wine Importer" ".

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced ""Winegrower's Tax Return"," with ""Winegrower Tax Return."" in the second paragraph, replaced ""Tax Return of Beer Manufacturer"." with ""Beer Manufacturer Tax return."" in the third paragraph, and replaced "BOE-269-A" with "form BOE-269-A" in the fourth paragraph. Added "32220," in the reference note.

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Regulation 2540. Common Carrier Receipts and Delivery Reports.

Reference: Sections 32171, 32173, 32211, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Common carriers and holders of interstate alcoholic beverage transporters' permits, transporting alcoholic beverages into this State from without this State for delivery or use within this State, shall obtain from the licensed importer or customs broker a receipt for the alcoholic beverages so transported and delivered. This receipt must show the following information:

Name of shipper, point of origin, name of importer or customs broker to whom delivery is made, place of delivery, name of carrier making delivery, a complete description of the shipment, and the number of the waybill covering the shipments. In the case of rail shipments the receipt shall show also the car number and in the case of water shipments the receipt shall show also the name of the vessel and the number of the steamship bill of lading.

A copy of the freight bill or other shipping document containing all of this information shall be deemed to be compliance with this requirement. A copy of such receipt must be delivered to the importer or customs broker to whom delivery is made. With respect to pool shipments in which more than one licensed importer or customs broker participates, the common carrier shall furnish a copy of the receipt to each participating importer or customs broker.

All deliveries of alcoholic beverages, shipment of which originated outside California, made to California importers or customs brokers, shall be reported to the board at Sacramento by common carriers and holders of interstate alcoholic beverage transporters' permits. Such report shall be filed with the board on forms prescribed by the board not later than the fifteenth day of each month covering such deliveries made in the previous calendar month.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Added reference note.

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Regulation 2541. Common Carrier Tax Reports.

Reference: Section 32202, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every common carrier engaged in interstate or foreign passenger service making sales of distilled spirits in California and every person licensed to sell distilled spirits aboard such a carrier, shall, on or before the first day of the second calendar month following the close of each calendar month, or such other reporting period as is authorized by the Board, file with the Board at Sacramento a report of all sales of distilled spirits in California for the preceding reporting period. The report shall be in such form as the Board shall prescribe and shall be accompanied by a remittance of the amount of tax due for the period covered by the report.

For the purpose of making these reports, such common carrier or other licensed person may compute its sales of distilled spirits in California by allocating a portion of the total distilled spirits sales for the entire system served by the reporting taxpayer to California based on the ratio that passenger miles in California bears to total passenger miles for the entire system served by the reporting taxpayer. The ratio of passenger miles in California to total passenger miles may be determined by tests. New tests should be made when there is any significant change in routes, schedules, or other operating conditions. The tests will be made by the reporting taxpayer and will be subject to review by the Board. All detail and test data should be retained for inspection by the Board.

This method of computing sales of distilled spirits in California is authorized only for the purpose of making reports under this regulation. Determinations may be imposed or refunds granted if the Board, upon audit of the taxpayer's accounts and records, or upon the basis of tests or other information, determines that the report did not disclose the correct amount of tax due.

A report must be filed for each reporting period even though no sales of distilled spirits were made in California during that period. Any person who fails to file a timely report and pay any tax that may be due shall be required to pay the applicable penalties and interest as provided by the Alcoholic Beverage Tax law. History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended May 4, 1976, effective June 5, 1976.

Amended June 27, 1979, effective August 12, 1979. Added second and third paragraphs regarding computation by formula based on tests.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Deleted the comma after "Sacramento" in the first paragraph.

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Regulation 2542. Public Warehouses.

Authority cited: Sections 32451 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 32211 and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Licensed public warehouses shall report on or before January 15 and July 15 of each year, all distilled spirits held in storage by them, in bottled form, at the close of business on December 31 and June 30. Such reports shall be filed with the board at Sacramento on forms prescribed by the board, and shall show the name of each person for whom distilled spirits are stored, the size of containers, number of cases, and the units per case stored for each such person.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Added authority and reference notes.

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Regulation 2543. Customs Brokers.

Reference: Sections 32171, 32173, 32211, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Every person holding a Federal customhouse broker's license and making customs entries in connection with original importations of alcoholic beverages into California in customs bond for California licensed importers shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each month, report to the board in Sacramento on forms prescribed by the board, every such importation of alcoholic beverages handled by him as a customhouse broker during the preceding calendar month.

Every person holding a customs broker's license under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and making customs entries in connection with the importation of alcoholic beverages in customs bond into California for a person who does not hold the appropriate importer's license under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each month, report to the board in Sacramento on forms prescribed by the board, every such transaction in alcoholic beverages handled by him as a customs broker during the preceding calendar month.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Added reference note.

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Regulation 2544. Conversion of Liters to Gallons.

Reference: Sections 32151, 32152, 32201, and 32220, Revenue and Taxation Code.

The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has authorized the bottling of wine and distilled spirits in standard metric sizes. Reports of California licensees must be in wine gallons. To convert liters to wine gallons for reporting purposes, licensees shall use the standards established by the TTB.

These are: (a) For wine, to convert liters to wine gallons on any record or report, the quantity in liters shall be multiplied by 0.26417 to determine the equivalent quantity in wine gallons. The resulting figure shall be rounded to the nearest one-hundredth of a gallon.

(b) For distilled spirits, to convert liters to wine gallons on any record or report, the quantity in liters shall be multiplied by 0.264172 to determine the equivalent quantity in wine gallons. The resulting figure shall be rounded to the nearest one-hundredth of a gallon.

History: Adopted December 14, 1976, effective January 20, 1977.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms" with "Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)" and replaced "Bureau" with "TTB" in the first paragraph. Added "32220" to the reference note.

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Regulation 2550. Destruction and Unaccounted for Losses of Distilled Spirits.

Reference: Section 32211, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) UNINTENTIONAL DESTRUCTION. The term "unintentional destruction" shall mean destruction of distilled spirits by fire, earthquake, floods, breakage in transit, accident, or by any other cause, when the exact quantity destroyed is known. Claims for loss by unintentional destruction must be filed with the Board in Sacramento immediately following the close of business on the last day of the month in which the loss is discovered. The claim must state under oath of the licensee that the distilled spirits were so damaged that they could not be used for any purpose. Proof of loss satisfactory to the Board in the form of paid insurance or carrier claims must be retained on the taxpayer's premises for verification.

(b) UNACCOUNTED FOR LOSSES. Unaccounted for losses shall include all other losses disclosed by physical inventory due to pilferage, handling, etc. The allowable tolerance for unaccounted for losses of distilled spirits acquired by any distilled spirits taxpayer shall not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total sales of the distilled spirits. In the case of distilled spirits taxpayer who holds licenses for two or more premises, the tolerance allowed by this rule shall be computed and applied separately to the transactions for each premises, unless the Board has granted the taxpayer permission to file a consolidated tax return.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended January 11, 1978, effective February 19, 1978. Second paragraph, second sentence, the word "taxable" is changed to "total".

Effective December 29, 1995. The title of the regulation was made more informative by changing "DISTILLED SPIRITS" to "DESTRUCTION AND UNACCOUNTED FOR LOSSES OF DISTILLED SPIRITS". Grammatical and editorial changes were made to clean up or clarify the language of the regulation. For better understanding, the regulation was divided into two sub- sections entitled "UNINTENTIONAL DESTRUCTION" AND "UNACCOUNTED FOR LOSSES", respectively. In the first paragraph, the words "examination or verification by employees of the board" were changed to "verification". The word "examination" is unnecessary because it is a type of "verification" and not an alternative to verification. It is not necessary to say "by employees of the board".

In the second paragraph, the word "acquired" was deleted because it is confusing. The rest of the language changes in the second paragraph are plain English changes which clarify that the taxpayer must be granted permission by the board to file a consolidated tax return.

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Regulation 2551. Unaccounted for Losses of Beer.

Reference: Section 32152, Revenue and Taxation Code.

There shall be no unaccounted for losses of beer other than those, if any, permitted under Federal law.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended April 1, 1983, effective June 1, 1983.

Effective January 7, 1996. Previously, Regulation 2551 combined two unrelated concepts: "unaccounted for losses of beer" and "consumption of beer on brewery premises". Two regulations were formed to address the unrelated issues separately, with Regulation 2551 now entitled "UNACCOUNTED FOR LOSSES OF BEER".

The authority cited for this regulation is Revenue and Taxation Code section 32152, which requires the Alcoholic Beverage Tax regulations "to coordinate so far as permitted by the provisions of this part the system of beer and wine taxation imposed by this part with the system of beer and wine taxation imposed by the internal revenue laws of the United States." Previously, the regulation stated that the "allowable tolerance for unaccounted for losses of beer . . . shall be in accordance with losses allowable under Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 245." However, under current federal law, all losses of beer must be accounted for. Therefore, the language was changed to coordinate with federal law. Under the new language, no unaccounted for losses of beer are permitted "other than those, if any, permitted under Federal law."

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Regulation 2552. Spoiled Beer and Wine.

Reference: Sections 32171, 32173, and 32176, Revenue and Taxation Code.

A beer and wine importer will be allowed a credit for beer and wine sold and subsequently returned as spoiled, when the spoiled beer or wine is destroyed under the supervision of a representative of the Board. For small quantities of beer or wine destroyed, which are not supervised by a representative of the Board, the exemption or credit is allowed only after prior written approval is obtained from the Board.

To secure prior written approval, the beer and wine importer must submit a written request to the Board, listing the type of beverage, the number of containers, the container sizes and the total gallons to be destroyed.

After receiving approval from the Board and after destroying the beer or wine, the beer and wine importer must submit declaration signed under penalty of perjury, listing the number of containers, the container sizes, the total gallons destroyed and the date and manner of destruction. The declaration must be signed by a person in authority in the importer's organization who witnessed the destruction of the beer or wine.

For the purposes of this regulation, small quantities means 2,500 gallons or less of beer, 2,500 gallons or less of still wine, and 1,500 gallons or less of champagne or sparkling wine by volume.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended August 17, 1976, effective September 19, 1976.

Amended April 9, 1980, effective June 19, 1980. Adjusted "small quantities" in the last sentence.

Amended November 28, 1995, effective March 8, 1996.

The title was expanded to indicate that the regulation contains the rules for obtaining an exemption and credit for spoiled beer and wine. Previously, the regulation required that spoiled beer and wine be destroyed in the physical presence of a Board representative. Language in the first paragraph was changed from "in the presence" to "under the supervision of a representative of the Board" to eliminate the often unnecessary physical presence requirement. There is also clarification that small quantities of beer and wine may be destroyed without Board supervision provided that prior written approval is obtained.

The third paragraph describes the way in which the beer and wine importer verifies that the produce has been destroyed. Previously, the regulation required submission of an affidavit. The word "affidavit" was changed to "declaration" to conform to California Code of Civil Procedure section 2015.5, which states that a declaration under penalty of perjury is the form preferred in this state.

In the fourth paragraph, the definition of "small quantities" was changed from "1250" to "2500 gallons or less of beer" and from "150" to "1500 gallons or less of champagne or sparkling wine by volume." The previous definitions derived from a time when there was a significant excise tax differential on the different alcoholic beverages. Currently, the taxes on beer and wine are the same. The purpose of the definitional change was to equalize the situation for all of the alcoholic beverages.

Amended November 13, effective March 6, 2003. Amended to clarify that credit is allowable only on tax-paid beer or wine that has spoiled, pursuant to section 32176 of the Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law.

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Regulation 2553. Losses Resulting from Disaster, Vandalism, Malicious Mischief, or Insurrection.

Reference: Section 32407, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) IN GENERAL. An amount equal to the state alcoholic beverage taxes included in the sales price of beverages to the licensee shall be refunded by the Board if:

(1) The beverages are lost, rendered unmarketable, or condemned by a duly authorized official by reason of fire, flood, casualty, or other disaster, or by reason of breakage, destruction, or other damage resulting from vandalism, malicious mischief, or insurrection;

(2) The beverages were held and intended for sale at the time of the disaster or other damage;

(3) The disaster or damage occurred in this state;

(4) The licensee has not and will not be compensated, by insurance or otherwise, for the loss in the amount of the tax included in the purchase price paid for the beverages;

(5) The disaster or other loss occurred on or after April 1, 1980;

(6) The amount to be refunded with respect to a single disaster or other loss is two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more; and

(7) A claim for refund is filed with the Board within six months after the date on which the beverages were lost, rendered unmarketable, or condemned by a duly authorized official.

The refund shall be made to the licensee holding the beverages for sale at the time of the loss, and no interest shall be paid on the amount refunded. No refund shall be made with respect to losses resulting from theft.

(b) CLAIMS FOR REFUND. A claim for refund under this regulation must be in writing and must state all of the facts upon which the claim is based, including the type and date of occurrence of the disaster or other cause of loss and the location of the beverages at the time. The claim must specify the amount of the state tax included in the purchase price paid for the beverages lost, rendered unmarketable, or condemned and contain a certification under penalty of perjury that such amount has not and will not be compensated by insurance or otherwise. The claim must be accompanied by a record of the inventory of the beverages lost, rendered unmarketable, or condemned showing the size and number of containers of each kind of beverage and the total wine gallons of each kind of beverage.

(c) PROOF OF LOSS. Claims for refund under this regulation will be approved only upon proof satisfactory to the Board that the beverages were destroyed or so damaged that they could not be sold. In the case of beverages lost due to a disaster or other specified cause the claim must be supported by inventory records, purchase invoices, container labels, settled insurance claims, or similar evidence which establishes the quantity and kind of beverages lost. In the case of beverages which are rendered unmarketable or condemned, but not lost, the claim must be supported by evidence that the beverages were destroyed under the supervision of a state or federal official responsible for witnessing such destruction. Proof of refund of federal alcoholic beverage taxes pursuant to the disaster, vandalism, or malicious mischief loss provisions of 26 United States Code Section 5064 will constitute proof of loss satisfactory to the Board.

History: Adopted April 9, 1980, effective June 19, 1980.

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Regulation 2554. Consumption of Beer on Brewery Premises.

Reference: Sections 32171 and 32172, Revenue and Taxation Code.

All beer consumed on a brewery's premises shall be accounted for.

(a) Except as provided in Subdivision (b), tax shall be paid on all beer consumed by brewery employees, visitors and others in a brewery tavern. Beer manufactured by the brewery for consumption in a brewery tavern, and which is placed in a storage tank designed for this purpose, shall be subject to tax at the time it is placed in the storage tank. For purposes of this Regulation, a "tavern" means a federally approved portion of the brewery premises where beer is sold to consumers.

(b) Beer consumed by brewery employees, visitors and others is not subject to tax if consumed without charge within the brewery's bonded premises and not in a brewery tavern.

History: Adopted December 9, 1998, effective March 31, 1999.

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Regulation 2555. Closures.

Reference: Section 23005, Business and Professions Code 27 CFR 19.661, 19.662.

Bitters, Chinese liquors, and other products which bear the federal closure or other device as provided in Title 27 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 19 shall, for tax purposes, be deemed to be distilled spirits.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended November 1, 1989, effective January 27, 1990. Amended to change the term "federal strip stamp" to "federal closure or other device" to reflect more accurately current terminology.

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Regulation 2557. Powdered Distilled Spirits.

Reference: Sections 32201, 32211, and 32452, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) IN GENERAL. The Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law and Alcoholic Beverage Tax Regulations apply with respect to powdered distilled spirits in the same manner and to the same extent as with respect to other distilled spirits. Tax will be paid at the same rate per wine gallon, and at a proportionate rate for any quantity, as for distilled spirits of the same proof strength in liquid form.

(b) RECORDS AND REPORTS. Transactions involving powdered distilled spirits, including any powdered alcoholic beverage containing powdered distilled spirits, must be stated by volume in wine gallons to the nearest one-hundredth of a gallon in all required records and reports. The importer, in the case of powdered distilled spirits imported into California packaged in containers for sale to the general public, and the rectifier in the case of powdered distilled spirits packaged within California shall:

(1) Label the outside of each case with the volume in wine gallons of the powdered product contained in the case and of the powdered product contained in each individual package within the case.

(2) Print on each invoice, credit memorandum, or similar document the total volume in wine gallons of the powdered product or products listed on that document.

(3) Print on each invoice, credit memorandum, or similar document the volume in wine gallons of the powdered product contained in each size case and in each individual package listed on that document.

(c) CONVERSION OF WEIGHT TO VOLUME. The weight of powdered distilled spirits, and powdered distilled spirits products, shall be converted to volume as follows:

(1) One pound equals .16 wine gallons;

(2) One ounce equals .01 wine gallons;

(3) One gram equals .000353 wine gallons.

History: Adopted May 4, 1978, effective June 21, 1978.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "32001-32556" with "32201, 32211 and 32452" in the reference note.

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Regulation 2558. Distilled Spirits.

Reference: Section 32002, Revenue and Taxation Code; Sections 23004, 23005, 23006, 23007, Business and Professions Code.

Effective October 1, 2008, any alcoholic beverage, except wine as defined by Business and Professions Code section 23007, which contains 0.5 percent or more alcohol by volume derived from flavors or other ingredients containing alcohol obtained from the distillation of fermented agricultural products, is a distilled spirit.

History: Adopted April 8, 2008, effective July 10, 2008.

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Regulation 2558.1 Wine.

Reference: Section 32451, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Section 23007, Business and Professions Code; and Sections 32002, 32152, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) Effective January 1, 2012, wine as defined by Business and Professions Code section 23007 does not include any alcoholic beverage containing 0.5 percent or more alcohol by volume obtained from the distillation of fermented agricultural products other than from the particular agricultural product or products of which the wine is made.

(b) Except as provided in subdivision (a), wine-based products authorized for sale as wine by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are deemed to be wine as defined by Business and Professions Code section 23007 for purposes of the Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law.

History: Adopted May 25, 2011, effective August 7, 2011.

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Regulation 2559. Presumption—Distilled Spirits.

Reference: Section 32002, Revenue and Taxation Code; Sections 23004, 23005, 23006, 23007, Business and Professions Code.

Effective October 1, 2008, any alcoholic beverage, except wine as defined by Business and Professions Code section 23007, is presumed to contain 0.5 percent or more alcohol by volume derived from flavors or other ingredients containing alcohol obtained from the distillation of fermented agricultural products, unless this presumption is rebutted pursuant to Regulation 2559.1.

History: Adopted April 8, 2008, effective July 10, 2008.

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Regulation 2559.1. Rebuttable Presumption—Distilled Spirits.

Reference: Sections 32002, 32452, 32453 Revenue and Taxation Code; Sections 23004, 23005, 23006, 23007, Business and Professions Code.

(a) On or after July 10, 2008, the presumption in Regulation 2559 may be rebutted by the manufacturer of the alcoholic beverage filing a report, under penalty of perjury, with the Board stating that the alcoholic beverage contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume derived from flavors or other ingredients containing alcohol obtained from the distillation of fermented agricultural products and specifying the sources of the alcohol content of the alcoholic beverage, including the alcohol by volume derived from flavors or other ingredients containing alcohol obtained by distillation.

(b) The Board shall require a manufacturer's "Statement of Process" or "Formula" filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau, its predecessor agency or successor, under the following circumstances: (1) if the Board obtains information that casts doubt on the accuracy or truthfulness of a report filed under subdivision (a); or (2) for purposes of verifying any report filed under subdivision (a).

(c) (1) If the Board determines that a manufacturer has not successfully rebutted the presumption in Regulation 2559, the Board shall notify the manufacturer of such determination, and the manufacturer may petition for a redetermination.

(2) Upon receiving notice from the Board, the manufacturer may petition the Board's determination within 30 days. If a petition for redetermination is not filed within the 30-day period, the determination becomes final at the expiration of the 30-day period.

(3) Every petition for redetermination shall be in writing and shall state the specific grounds upon which the petition is founded.

(4) The Board shall reconsider the determination pursuant to its administrative appeals process set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18, sections 5260–5271 and shall grant the applicant an oral hearing if timely requested within 30 days of the date the Decision and Recommendation issued by the Appeals Division is mailed to the manufacturer. Any Board hearing will be governed by the rules set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18, sections 5510–5576.

(5) The order or decision of the Board upon a petition for redetermination becomes final 30 days after the date notice thereof is mailed to the manufacturer, except as provided in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 5560. (6) Any notice required by this section shall be placed in a sealed envelope, with postage paid, addressed to the manufacturer at the manufacturer's last known address as it appears in the records of the Board. The giving of notice shall be deemed complete at the time of deposit of the notice at a United States Post Office, mailbox, sub-post office, substation, mail chute, or other facility regularly maintained or provided by the United States Postal Service, without extension of time for any reason. In lieu of mailing, notice may be served personally by delivery to the person to be served and service shall be deemed complete at the time of such delivery. Personal delivery to a corporation may be made by delivery of a notice to any person designated to be served for the corporation with summons and complaint in a civil action, pursuant to the Code of Civil Procedure, title 5, chapter 4 (§ 416.10 et seq.).

History: Adopted April 8, 2008, effective July 10, 2008.

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Regulation 2559.3. Internet List.

Reference: Section 32002, Revenue and Taxation Code; Sections 23004, 23005, 23006, 23007, Business and Professions Code.

(a) Not later than October 1, 2008, and updated on a quarterly basis thereafter to add or remove from the list, the Board shall develop, publish and maintain on its Internet site a listing of all alcoholic beverages that have been found to have successfully rebutted the presumption set forth in Regulation 2559.

(b) Notwithstanding the addition of an alcoholic beverage to the list, the Board shall require a manufacturer's "Statement of Process" or "Formula" filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau, its predecessor agency or successor, under the following circumstances: (1) if the Board obtains information that casts doubt on the accuracy or truthfulness of a report filed under Regulation 2559.1, subdivision (a); or (2) for purposes of verifying any report filed under Regulation 2559.1, subdivision (a).

(c) The Board shall remove from the list an alcoholic beverage that is finally determined under subdivision (d) to contain 0.5 percent or more alcohol by volume derived from flavors or other ingredients containing alcohol obtained from the distillation of fermented agricultural products, as set forth in Regulation 2558. Before the removal may take effect, the Board shall notify the manufacturer of this determination.

(d) (1) Upon receiving notice from the Board, the manufacturer may petition the Board's determination within 30 days. If a petition for redetermination is not filed within the 30-day period, the determination becomes final at the expiration of the 30-day period.

(2) Every petition for redetermination shall be in writing and shall state the specific grounds upon which the petition is founded. (3) The Board shall reconsider the determination pursuant to its administrative appeals process set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18, sections 5260–5271 and shall grant the applicant an oral hearing if timely requested within 30 days of the date the Decision and Recommendation issued by the Appeals Division is mailed to the manufacturer. Any Board hearing will be governed by the rules set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18, sections 5510–5576.

(4) The order or decision of the Board upon a petition for redetermination becomes final 30 days after the date notice thereof is mailed to the manufacturer, except as provided in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 5560.

(5) Any notice required by this section shall be placed in a sealed envelope, with postage paid, addressed to the manufacturer at the manufacturer's last known address as it appears in the records of the Board. The giving of notice shall be deemed complete at the time of deposit of the notice at a United States Post Office, mailbox, sub-post office, substation, mail chute, or other facility regularly maintained or provided by the United States Postal Service, without extension of time for any reason. In lieu of mailing, notice may be served personally by delivery to the person to be served and service shall be deemed complete at the time of such delivery. Personal delivery to a corporation may be made by delivery of a notice to any person designated to be served for the corporation with summons and complaint in a civil action, pursuant to the Code of Civil Procedure, title 5, chapter 4 (§ 416.10 et seq.).

History: Adopted April 8, 2008, effective July 10, 2008.

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Regulation 2559.5. Correct Classification.

Reference: Section 32002, Revenue and Taxation Code; Sections 23004, 23005, 23006, 23007, Business and Professions Code.

Effective October 1, 2008, for purposes of tax reporting, a taxpayer will be deemed to have correctly classified an alcoholic beverage as not being a distilled spirit, as defined by Business and Professions Code section 23005, if at the time taxes are imposed, as set forth in the Revenue and Taxation Code, division 2, part 14, chapters 4, 5 and 5.5, the alcoholic beverage was included on the Board's list pursuant to Regulation 2559.3.

History: Adopted April 8, 2008, effective July 10, 2008.

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Regulation 2560. Treated as Sales.

Reference: Sections 32003, 32151, 32201, and 32220, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Samples and donations of alcoholic beverages shall be reported as sales.

Each transfer of samples between licensees authorized to possess alcoholic beverages on which the California state alcoholic beverages taxes have not been paid (manufacturers, manufacturers' agents, distilled spirits wholesalers and rectifiers) shall be on an ex-tax basis, and shall be recorded on an invoice marked: "Samples."

Distilled spirits taxpayers receiving samples from other licensees in California shall record the receipt in form BOE-241-A. Samples received by direct importation shall be recorded in form BOE-242-A.

Distilled spirits picked up at the licensed premises of a distilled spirits rectifier or wholesaler by a representative of a manufacturer or of a manufacturer's agent to be used by him for sampling purposes, shall not be considered to be a transfer of samples between the licensees referred to in the second paragraph of this rule. Such deliveries of distilled spirits shall be reported as taxable sales by the rectifier or wholesaler.

History: Effective April 17, 1955.

Amended September 5, 1969.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "SBE Form 241-A" with "form BOE-241-A" and replaced "SBE Form 242-A" with "form BOE-242-A" in the third paragraph. Deleted "and" before "32201" and added "and 32220," in the reference note.

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Regulation 2561. Exports and Sales for Export.

Reference: Sections 32171, 32173, 32175, 32176, 32179, 32211, and 32212, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) PROOF OF CLAIM FOR EXEMPTION FOR EXPORTS AND SALES FOR EXPORT. The claim for exemption from tax for exports of alcoholic beverages or sales of alcoholic beverages for export shall be allowed only when the alcoholic beverages are actually exported to a point outside this state (and, in the case of distilled spirits sold for export, actually exported to a point outside this state within 90 days from the date of the sale) and one or more of the following conditions is met:

(1) The beverages are delivered to an armed force of the United States at a depot of the armed force in this state for transport out of the state, and the taxpayer's record of such sales is supported by a copy of the official purchase order and documentary evidence of export.

(2) The beverages are shipped to a point in a foreign country, and the federal tax on alcoholic beverages is not imposed or is refunded.

(3) The beverages are shipped to a point outside this state by a carrier who is independent of the buyer and the seller and the claim for tax exemption is supported by a copy of the shipping documents receipted for by the carrier. For purposes of this regulation, the term "carrier" means a person or firm regularly engaged in the business of transporting for compensation property owned by other persons.

(4) The beverages are shipped to or delivered to a point outside this state by any means, and the claim for tax exemption is supported by documentation signed by the purchaser and containing the certificate of the appropriate liquor control or tax authority of the state in which the beverages have been delivered to the effect that receipt of the delivery of the beverages has been reported to such authority by the purchaser.

(b) SALES WHICH ARE NOT EXPORTS. Alcoholic beverages on which federal taxes have been paid and which are sold to persons operating commercial fishing boats or private carrier freight vessels for use as ships' stores outside of the state upon the high seas are not exports and are subject to tax.

History: Adopted May 23, 1979, effective July 13, 1979.

Amended November 19, 2009, effective January 25, 2010. Replaced "Form BT-260" with "documentation" in subdivision (a)(4).

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Regulation 2570. Relief from Liability.

Reference: Section 32275, Revenue and Taxation Code.

A person may be relieved from the liability for the payment of the alcoholic beverage taxes, including any penalties and interest added to those taxes, when that liability resulted from the failure to make a timely return or a payment and such failure was found by the board to be due to reasonable reliance on written advice given by the board as described in California Code of Regulations, Title 18, Section 4902.

History: Adopted November 13, 2002, effective March 6, 2003.

Amended February 5, 2003, effective May 28, 2003. The underscored citation indicates an electronic hyperlink to the cite. Common administrative provisions for special taxes programs have been consolidated in Chapter 9.9 Special Taxes Administration. Requirements for relief from liability can be found at the referenced cite.

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Regulation 2571. INNOCENT SPOUSE OR REGISTERED DOMESTIC PARTNER RELIEF FROM LIABILITY.

Authority cited: Section 32451, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 32258 and 32401-32407, Revenue and Taxation Code; Sections 297, 297.5, and 308, Family Code.

A spouse or registered domestic partner claiming relief from liability for the alcoholic beverage tax, interest, penalties, and other amounts shall be relieved from such liability where all the requirements set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 4903 are met.

History: Adopted March 23, 2010, effective June 17, 2010.