Skip to Content

Notice

Proposed Information Collections; Comment Request

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble

AGENCY:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau; Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we invite comments on the proposed or continuing information collections listed below in this notice.

DATES:

We must receive your written comments on or before May 6, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

You may send comments to Mary A. Wood, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, at any of these addresses:

  • P.O. Box 14412, Washington, DC 20044-4412;
  • 202-453-2686 (facsimile); or
  • formcomments@ttb.gov (e-mail).

Please send separate comments for each specific information collection listed below. You must reference the information collection's title, form or recordkeeping requirement number, and OMB number (if any) in your comment. If you submit your comment via facsimile, send no more than five 8.5 x 11 inch pages in order to ensure electronic access to our equipment.

Start Further Info

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To obtain additional information, copies of the information collection and its instructions, or copies of any comments received, contact Mary A. Wood, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 14412, Washington, DC 20044-4412; or telephone 202-453-2265.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Comments

The Department of the Treasury and its Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), as part of their continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invite the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the proposed or continuing information collections listed below in this notice, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be included or summarized in our request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the relevant information collection. All comments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Please not do include any confidential or inappropriate material in your comments.

We invite comments on: (a) Whether this information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency's functions, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the information collection's burden; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (d) ways to minimize the information collection's burden 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 the requested information.

Information Collections Open for Comment

Currently, we are seeking comments on the following forms and recordkeeping requirements:

Title: Drawback on Beer Exported.

OMB Control Number: 1513-0017.

TTB Form Number: 5130.6.

Abstract: When taxpaid beer is removed from a brewery and ultimately exported, the brewer exporting the beer is eligible for a drawback (refund) of Federal excise taxes paid. By completing this form and submitting documentation of exportation, the brewer may receive a refund of those taxes.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 100.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,000.

Title: Application for a Basic Permit under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

OMB Control Number: 1513-0018.

TTB Form Number: 5100.24.

Abstract: TTB F 5100.24 is completed by persons intending to engage in a business involving beverage Alcohol operations at distilled spirits plants, bonded wineries, or wholesaling/importing business. The information allows TTB to identify the applicant and the location of the business, and to determine whether the applicant qualifies for a permit.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,600.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,800.

Title: Application for Amended Basic Permit under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

OMB Number: 1513-0019.

TTB Form Number: 5100.18.

Abstract: TTB F 5100.18 is submitted by permittees who change their operations in a manner that requires Start Printed Page 12413TTB to issue a new permit or receive a new notice. The information allows TTB to identify the permittee, the changes to the permit or business, and to determine whether the applicant qualifies.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,200.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 600.

Title: Environmental Information; and Supplemental Information on Water Quality Consideration under 33 U.S.C. 1341(a).

OMB Number: 1513-0023.

TTB Form Numbers: 5000.29 and 5000.30, respectively.

Abstract: TTB F 5000.29 is used to determine whether an activity will have a significant effect on the environment and to determine if a formal environmental impact statement or an environmental permit is necessary for a proposed operation. TTB F 5000.30 is used to make a determination as to whether a certification or waiver by the applicable State Water Quality Agency is required under section 21 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1341(a)). Manufacturers that discharge a solid or liquid effluent into navigable waters submit this form.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,000.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,000.

Title: Schedule of Tobacco Products, Cigarette Papers or Tubes Withdrawn from the Market.

OMB Control Number: 1513-0034.

TTB Form Numbers: 5200.7.

Abstract: TTB F 5200.7 is used by persons who intend to withdraw tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes from the market for which the Federal excise taxes have already been paid or determined. The form describes the products that are to be withdrawn to determine the amount of tax to be claimed later as a tax credit or refund. The form notifies TTB when withdrawal or destruction is to take place since TTB may elect to supervise such action.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection request for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 171.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,539.

Title: Offer in Compromise of Liability Incurred under the Provisions of Title 26 U.S.C. Enforced and Administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

OMB Control Number: 1513-0054.

TTB Form Numbers: 5640.1.

Abstract: TTB F 5640.1 is used by persons who wish to compromise criminal and/or civil penalties for violations of the Internal Revenue Code. If accepted, the offer in compromise is a settlement between the Government and the party in violation, in lieu of legal proceedings or prosecution. TTB F 5640.1 identifies the party making the offer, the violation(s), the amount of offer, and the circumstances concerning the violation(s).

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 40.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 140.

Title: Usual and Customary Business Records Relating to Denatured Spirits.

OMB Control Number: 1513-0062.

TTB Recordkeeping Requirement Number: 5150/1.

Abstract: Denatured spirits are used for nonbeverage industrial purposes in the manufacture of personal household products. These records are maintained at the premises of the regulated entity and are routinely inspected by TTB personnel during field tax compliance examinations. These examinations are necessary to verify that all specially denatured spirits can be accounted for and are being used only for purposes authorized by laws and regulations. By ensuring that spirits have not been diverted to beverage use, tax revenue and public safety are protected. There is no additional recordkeeping imposed on the respondent as these requirements are usual and customary business records.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for profit; and State, Local, or Tribal Government.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,430.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: One (1).

Title: Manufacturers of Nonbeverage Products—Records to Support Claims for Drawback.

OMB Number: 1513-0073.

TTB Recordkeeping Requirement Number: 5530/2.

Abstract: The recordkeeping requirements included in TTB REC 5530/2 are part of the system necessary to prevent diversion of drawback spirits to beverage use by maintaining accountability over these spirits. Required source records kept at the manufacturing plant include information about distilled spirits received, gauge records, records of receipts, the identification of the person from whom received, evidence of the taxes paid on the spirits, the date the spirits were used, the quantity and kind used in each product (including usage of Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands spirits for compliance with the Caribbean Basin Initiative), receipt and usage of other ingredients (to validate formula compliance), inventory records, records of recovered alcohol, the quantity of intermediate products transferred to other plants, the disposition of each nonbeverage product produced, and the purchasers (except for retail sales). These elements make it possible to trace spirits using audit techniques, thus enabling TTB officers to verify the amount of spirits used in nonbeverage products and subsequently claimed as eligible for drawback of tax. The record retention requirement for this information collection is 3 years.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.Start Printed Page 12414

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 501.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 10,521.

Title: Proprietors or Claimants Exporting Liquors.

OMB Number: 1513-0075.

TTB Recordkeeping Requirement Number: 5900/1.

Abstract: Distilled spirits, wine, and beer may be exported from bonded premises without payment of Federal excise taxes, or, if the taxes have been paid, the exporter may claim drawback (refund) of the taxes paid. This export drawback allows the manufacturer to recover the amount of the tax paid to the government. Obviously, substantial losses in tax revenues would occur if untaxpaid liquors were allowed to enter the domestic market, or if the government allowed drawback to be claimed on liquors used for domestic consumption. This recordkeeping requirement makes it possible to trace spirits using audit techniques, thus enabling TTB officers to verify the amount of spirits, beer, and wine eligible for exportation without payment of tax or exportation subject to drawback. The retention requirement for this information collection is 2 years.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 120.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,200.

Title: Special Tax Renewal Registration and Return/Special Tax Location Registration Listing.

OMB Number: 1513-0113.

Abstract: The statutory section of chapter 52 of 26 U.S.C. authorizes the collection of an occupational tax from persons engaging in certain tobacco businesses. In the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 5276 requires persons to register and/or pay a special occupational tax before conducting business in certain tobacco categories. TTB F 5630.5R is used both to compute and report the tax, and as an application for registry as required by statute. TTB F 5630.5R is computer generated by TTB with known taxpayer identifying information (e.g., name, trade name, address, employer identification number, etc.) along with tax computations reflecting tax class(es), number of business locations, tax rate(s), and total tax due. The taxpayer supplies any inaccurate or incomplete information.

Current Actions: We are submitting this information collection for extension purposes only. The information collection, estimated number of respondents, and estimated total annual burden hours remain unchanged.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 400.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 100.

Start Signature

Dated: March 1, 2011.

Gerald M. Isenberg,

Director, Regulations and Rulings Division.

End Signature End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 2011-5067 Filed 3-4-11; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4831-31-P