Proprietors of distilled spirits plants,
importers, wholesale liquor dealers,
and others concerned:
Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to inform you of the Treasury
decision, soon to be published in the Federal Register, which will, with a
few changes, adopt the proposed regulations published in the Federal Regis-
ter for December 27, 1968 (33 F.R. 19834).
Background. Industry Circular No. 68-36 informed you of the proposed regu-
lations in 26 CFR Parts 186, 194, 201, 251, and 252 which would implement
the provisions of sections 5008(c), 5062(b), and 5232, I.R.C., as amended
by Public Law 90-630. The more significant changes from the proposed regu-
lations are discussed below.
Determination of specific gravity of spirits. The proposed regulations
provided for the use of Brix saccharometers in gauging spirits having a
high solids content (a specific gravity of more than 1.0). Industry Circu-
lar No. 69-1 informed you that further consideration of the procedures, and
of the equipment available, has led to a decision to provide for the use of
specific gravity hydrometers, rather than Brix saccharometers in the speci-
fied circumstances. The regulations will, accordingly, provide that the
proprietor shall furnish the assigned officer precision grade specific
gravity hydrometers when spirits having such a high solids content are to
be gauged. Specifications for such hydrometers were detailed in Industry
Circular No. 69-1 and will be included in the regulations. With the dele-
tion of requirements for the use of Brix saccharometers, proposed §§ 186.68
and 186.69 (and tables 8 and 9) were not needed and will not be adopted.
Claims. The proposed new § 252.195a has been amended to require that claims
for export drawback on Form 1582, Drawback on Distilled Spirits Exported,
must, in the case of spirits bottled in bond, be supported by a copy of the
Form 179, Withdrawals of Spirits Taxpaid, covering the taxpayment, rather
than such Form 179 being identified on the claim, Form 1582.
Mingling of homogeneous imported spirits. The proposed amendments to § 201.312 have been further amended to provide, in specified circumstances, an excep-
tion to the requirement that proof of homogeneity be furnished when imported
spirits are mingled under § 201.297.
Markings for containers of imported spirits. Proposed § 201.312c has been
renumbered as § 201.312d, and a new § 201.312c, Exceptions to specifications
for package marking requirements, has been added to the regulations. The
new section authorizes the assistant regional commissioner to provide relief
from the package marking requirements through the use of temporarily applied
marks where the packages are held no more than 30 days, or through waiver of
the marking requirements where the packages are not held beyond the next
work day after receipt. In neither instance may the packages be transferred
in bond or removed to noncontiguous bottling premises.
Miscellaneous amendments. Miscellaneous clarifying amendments have been
made in § 186.31 relating to "apparent proof"; in § 201.43 relating to
information to be shown on claims for remission of tax on losses of imported
spirits; and in § 251.173 relating to information to be shown on Form 236,
Transfer of Spirits or Denatured Spirits in Bond. A clarifying amendment
of § 251.172 respecting Form 2609, Application for Transfer of Spirits
and/or Denatured Spirits in Bond, has been added.
Status of forms. Form 122, Bottler's Dump and Batch Record, Form 1582,
Drawback on Distilled Spirits Exported, and Form 2637, Bottling Tank Report,
have been revised and distributed to your assistant regional commissioner;
you should receive copies of those forms before February 1, 1969. Form
2731, Monthly Report of Bonded Storage Operations, is in the process of
revision and you should receive copies thereof in time to prepare your
report for the month of February. This form is being revised to provide
for the reporting of imported beverage spirits and to require that domestic
spirits and imported spirits shall be reported on separate Forms 2731. Thus,
a warehouseman handling only domestic (or only imported) spirits would sub-
mit only one report on Form 2731; a warehouseman handling both would submit
two reports on Form 2731, one identified as being for domestic spirits, the
other identified as being for imported spirits.
Inquiries. Inquiries regarding this Industry Circular should refer to its
number and be addressed to the office of your Assistant Regional Commissioner,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Harold A. Serr, Director
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division