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Industry Circular

Number: 68-8
Date: March 11, 1968

US Treasury Department

Internal Revenue Service

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division

Washington, D.C. 20224

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NORMAL STORAGE LOSSES FROM PACKAGES OF SPIRITS IN BOND

Proprietors of distilled spirits plants and others concerned:

The purpose of this industry circular is to advise you of the provisions of a revenue procedure which will soon be published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. This revenue procedure is being issued to inform proprietors of distilled spirits plants of acceptable methods for establishing the extent of losses, from causes other than theft or unauthorized voluntary destruction, from packages of distilled spirits in bonded storage. The revenue procedure will be published substantially as follows:

SEC. 2. BACKGROUND.

Section 5006(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and 26 CFR 201.310(a) provide that when it is found that a package of distilled spirits in bond has sustained a loss due to theft or unauthorized voluntary destruction, immediate taxpayment of the original quantity of spirits entered for deposit in storage in the package may be required. An exception is made that where losses from any cause other than theft or unauthorized voluntary destruction can be established by the proprietor to the satisfaction of the Assistant Regional Commissioner, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax, the tax on the loss so established may be credited against the tax on the original quantity. Acceptable procedures for determining normal storage losses for packages filled by individual gauge and by average fill methods are prescribed below.

SEC. 3. METHODS FOR DETERMINING LOSSES.

.01 Packages filled by the individual gauge method. In order to credit the tax on normal storage losses against the tax on the original quantity of spirits entered for deposit in a package filled by the individual gauge method, when such package has sustained a loss due to theft or unauthorized voluntary destruction, the proprietor should:

(a) Gauge the tampered package by weight and proof.

(b) Weigh ten similar packages containing the same kind of spirits produced on the same day as the spirits in the tampered package and stored under similar conditions.

(c) Select, from the ten packages weighed, the package which, on the basis of original and present gross weights, appears to have sustained the least loss.

(d) Determine the loss from the comparison package by using the proof of the spirits in that package and the difference between the original and present gross weights of the package. The tax gallon loss so determined will be considered the normal storage loss from the tampered package.

(e) Subtract the tax gallons considered to be the normal storage loss from the total tax gallon loss from the tampered package.

The quantity determined in (e) above will be considered as a loss due to theft or unauthorized voluntary destruction and must be taxpaid in accordance with the provisions of 26 CFR Part 201.

.02 Packages filled by average fill methods. In order to credit the tax on normal storage losses against the tax on the original quantity of spirits entered for deposit in a package filled by an average fill method, when such package has sustained a loss due to theft or unauthorized voluntary destruction, the proprietor should:

(a) Gauge the tampered package by weight and proof.

(b) Weigh ten similar packages containing the same kind of spirits produced on the same day as the spirits in the tampered package and stored under similar conditions.

(c) Select from the ten packages weighed the package with the heaviest gross weight.

(d) Subtract the gross weight of the tampered package from the gross weight of the comparison package.

(e) Convert the difference between the gross weights of the two packages to tax gallons, using the proof of the spirits in the tampered package.

The quantity determined in (e) above will be considered as a loss due to theft or unauthorized voluntary destruction and must be immediately taxpaid in accordance with the provisions of 26 CFR Part 201.

Inquiries concerning this circular should refer to its number and be addressed to your Assistant Regional Commissioner, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax.

Harold Serr

Harold A. Serr

Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division

 
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