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Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the Brewer's Operations Reports.


Written comments should be received on or before February 9, 2001 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Linda Barnes, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8930.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the form(s) and instructions should be directed to William H. Foster, Regulations Division, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8210.

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Title: Brewer's Operations Report.

OMB Number: 1512-0052.

Form Number: ATF F 5130.9, Brewer's Report of Operations and ATF F 5130.26, Brewpub Report of Operations.

Abstract: The Internal Revenue Code requires brewers to pay excise taxes on beer they remove for consumption or sale. The tax is imposed by 26 U.S.C. 5051. Related operational requirements are imposed by Section 5415, including a requirement to report production and other elements of brewery operations to ATF. Brewers must file operations reports for various periods, depending on the quantity of beer they produce. The reports must be available for inspection by ATF officers during normal business hours. The brewers must keep the reports for a period of 3 years.

Current Actions: The Brewer's Report of Operations, ATF F 5130.9 is being reduced in size and a new form, ATF F 5130.26, Brewpub Report of Operations is being created for certain smaller brewers whose production is not more than 5,000 barrels per year and who do not bottle or keg their beer. Both forms are in the plain language style, include more extensive instructions, and eliminate current formatting deficiencies. There is an increase in burden hours.

Type of Review: Revision.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,750.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 30 minutes for each ATF F 5130.26 and 45 minutes for each ATF F 5130.9.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,405.

Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Dated: September 4, 2000.

William T. Earle,

Assistant Director (Management) CFO.

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[FR Doc. 00-31474 Filed 12-8-00; 8:45 am]