PUBLIC LAW 91-659
Proprietors of distilled spirits plants,
and others concerned:
Purpose. This circular is issued to inform you that Treasury Decision 7112, amending
26 CFR Part 201, Distilled Spirits Plants, and 26 CFR Part 252, Exportation of Liquors, was
published in the Federal Register for May 8, 1971, and is effective as of May 1, 1971.
Background. The Treasury decision
(1) implements the provisions of Public Law 91-659
as it amended the Internal Revenue Code with respect to
(a) destruction of distilled spirits
(b) losses of distilled spirits,
(c) transfer of domestic distilled spirits, without payment of tax or with benefit of drawback, to customs warehouses,
(d) involuntary liens,
bottling of distilled spirits in bond, and
(f) return of tax-determined spirits to bonded
(2) incorporates in the regulations, with a minor change, the provisions of
Revenue Ruling 70-427 concerning procedures for the establishment of standard export drawback rates.
Voluntary Destruction under Section 5008(b), I.R.C. Public Law 91-659 amended section
5008(b), I.R.C., relating to voluntary destruction of distilled spirits, by eliminating the
requirements that the spirits be unsuitable for the purpose for which they were withdrawn
from bond and be destroyed before the completion of bottling and casing or other packaging.
Section 5008(b), I.R.C., now permits destruction of spirits after, as well as before, completion and applies to spirits removed from the bottling premises to which withdrawn and
returned thereto. As amended, it authorizes abatement, remission, or refund of, or
allowance of credit for, the rectification taxes. The regulations were amended to reflect
these changes in law and to provide procedures for the gauge and destruction of spirits
destroyed after they were withdrawn from bond and before they were removed from, or after
return to, the bottling premises of the proprietor, and for filing claims. The proprietor
shall furnish such evidence of eligibility of the spirits for destruction as may be requested by the approving officer. On approval the spirits may be destroyed elsewhere than
on the bottling premises.
(§§ 201.45, 201.561, 201.562, 201.563, and 201.623 amended.)
Losses under Section 5008(c), I.R.C. Public Law 91-659 extended the provisions of
section 5008(c)(5), I.R.C., relating to allowance of losses of spirits, to spirits
returned to the bottling premises to which the spirits were withdrawn from bond, provided
the returned spirits are first dumped and gauged as provided by regulations. The regulations were amended to reflect this change in law and to provide procedures for the dumping
and gauging of spirits returned to the bottling premises and for filing claims. The proprietor shall furnish such evidence of eligibility of the spirits returned for loss
allowance as may be requested by the approving officer.
Subparagraph (iii), added to section 5008(c)(1)(A), I.R.C., extends the provisions
for refund or credit of tax to any accidental loss amounting to ten (10) proof gallons or
more, and provides that such losses would be subject to refund or credit without regard to
the maximum loss allowance schedule stated in section 5008(c)(1), I.R.C. The regulations
are amended to reflect this change in law and to make clear which accidental losses may be
included in operational loss calculations.
(§§ 201.45, 201.482, 201.485, and 201.494 amended; §§ 201.495 and 201.496 added; § 201.493
Transfer of Spirits to Customs Warehouses under Section 5066 I.R.C. Public Law
91-659 redesignated section 5066, I.R.C., as section 5067, and added a new section 5066 to
provide for the transfer of bottled distilled spirits from the bonded premises of a distilled
spirits plant without payment of tax, and for the shipment of bottled distilled spirits with
benefit of drawback, to a customs bonded warehouse for subsequent withdrawal therefrom for
consumption in the United States by and for the official or family use of such foreign
governments, organizations, and individuals as are entitled to withdraw imported distilled
spirits from such warehouse free of tax. Under the law, the domestic spirits are deemed
to be exported at the time they are entered into the customs warehouse. To conform to the
law, corresponding amendments are made in and new sections are added to the regulations.
(§§ 201.25, 201.386, 201.527, 201.528, 201.586, 252.1, 252.25, 252.42, 252.58, 252.61,
252.62, 252.65, 252.91, 252.92, 252.93, 252.103, 252.110, 252.115, 252.171, 252.190,
252.193, 252.196, 252.250, 252.265, 252.301, 252.331, and 252.333 amended; §§ 252.26,
252.27, 252.244a, and 252.286 added.)
Judgments or Other Involuntary Liens under Section 5173(b)(4), I.R.C. Public Law
91-659 added a new subparagraph (4) to section 5173 (b), I.R.C., relating to distillers'
bonds, to provide, in the case of a judgment or other lien imposed on the property subject
to lien under section 5004(b)(1), I.R.C., without the consent of the distiller, that the
distiller may file a bond in the amount of the involuntary lien. The result of this change
is that a distiller will not be required to file a bond for the entire value of the property
subject to the involuntary lien. The regulations are amended to reflect the change in law,
and to provide that, if more than one involuntary encumbrance is outstanding, in whole or
in part at one time, one bond, in an amount equal to the total outstanding balance on such
encumbrances, would cover all of them.
(§§ 201.173, 201.192, 201.198, 201.200, 201.211, 201.221, 201.223 amended; § 201.230a added.)
Bottling of Spirits under Section 5178(a)(4)(A), I.R.C. Public Law 91-659 added to
section 5178(a)(4)(A), I.R.C., relating to the storage of distilled spirits, a provision
whereby, under specified conditions, a proprietor of a distilled spirits plant may use
facilities on his bottling premises for the bottling in bond of tax-determined spirits.
The bottling and bonded premises must be at the same distilled spirits plant; the bottling
must be in accordance with the requirements (including those relating to supervision) of
sections 5202 (g) and 5233, I.R.C.; and the bottled spirits must be stamped and labeled
in the same manner as distilled spirits bottled in bond before payment or determination
To conform to the law, the regulations require the proprietor to furnish a statement
on Form 2607, Registration of Distilled Spirits Plant, of his intent to bottle in bond
after tax determination; and prescribe the conditions under which facilities may be used
for bottling-in-bond operations.
(§§ 201.114 and 201.132 amended.)
In addition, the regulations require that spirits to be bottled in bond after
determination of tax be withdrawn from bond for that specific purpose. They provide that
such bottling be conducted under the control and direct supervision of an assigned officer
and that so long as any spirits which are to be bottled in bond remain in a tank, the tank
shall be locked with Government locks at all times that the assigned officer is not on the
plant premises. The proprietor must separately record and report spirits bottled in bond
(after determination of tax) from spirits otherwise bottled on bottling premises, and, for
accounting purposes, a separate case numbering series is prescribed for such spirits. The
regulations prohibit spirits withdrawn by one proprietor from being bottled in bond by
§§ 201.89, 201.174, 201.243, 201.371, 201.385, 201.514, 201.527, 201.528, 201.540m,
201.541,201.547, and 201.623 amended; Subpart Na (§§ 201.470a through 201.470g) added.)
Return of Tax-Determined Spirits to Bonded Premises under Section 5215, I.R.C. Public
Law 91-659 made a number of changes in section 5215, I.R.C., relating to the return of
tax-determined spirits to bonded premises, as follows:
1. The requirement that the spirits be unsuitable for the purpose for which withdrawn
2. The requirement that the spirits be returned in the containers in which they were
withdrawn, and before being processed in any way, was eliminated.
3. The requirement for the "immediate" destruction, denaturation, redistillation or
mingling upon return of the spirits to bond was eliminated. Instead, such returned spirits
may be accumulated for short periods of time (but not longer than 6 months) so that the
disposition may be accomplished in quantities sufficiently large to make the operations
4. Additional mingling of returned spirits, namely, with heterogeneous spirits for
immediate removal to bottling premises for specifically identified purposes, was authorized.
5. A provision was added restricting the return to bond to spirits withdrawn from
bonded premises on payment or determination of tax and which contain no alcoholic ingredients
other than such spirits. Thus, spirits containing wine or nonbeverage products, for example,
would be ineligible for return.
The regulations were amended to reflect these changes in law, and to require the
proprietor to furnish such evidence of eligibility of the taxpaid spirits for return to
bond as may be requested by the approving officer.
(§§ 201.44, 201.581, 201.582, and 201.583 amended.)
Standard Export Drawback Rates. The Treasury decision amended Parts 201 and 252
to incorporate in those regulations, with a minor change, the provisions of Revenue
Ruling 70-427 regarding the establishment of standard export drawback rates, and the
waiving by the Assistant Regional Commissioner of the requirement for the filing of certain forms in support of claims for drawback. The regulations will require riders on
formulas to be filed in quadruplicate instead of in triplicate.
(§§ 201.422, 201.425, and 252.195a amended; § 252.173 added.)
Status of Forms. To conform to the changes made in the regulations, 13 forms are
being revised and 2 new forms are being issued, as follows:
|| Bottler's Dump and Batch Record
||Withdrawal of Spirits Taxpaid
||Withdrawal of Spirits, Specially Denatured Spirits, or Wines for Exportation
||Destruction of Spirits
||Drawback on Distilled Spirits Exported
||Distilled Spirits Bond
||Statement of Losses at Bottling Premises
||Taxpaid Spirits Returned to Bonded Premises
||Bottling Tank Report
|| Monthly Report of Bottling Premises Operations
||Specific Export Bond-Distilled Spirits or Wine
||Continuing Export Bond-Distilled Spirits and Wines
||Drawback Bond-Distilled Spirits and Wine
||Indemnity Bond-Judgment or Other Involuntary Lien
||Notice and Gauge of Spirits Returned to Bottling Premises
Forms marked with an asterisk are obtained through commercial printers. If prior to
receipt of the latest revision of the bond forms, you should have occasion to file a new
or superseding bond, Form 2601, 2734, 2735, or 2738, to provide for transfers of spirits
to customs warehouses under section 5066, I.R.C., it will be necessary for you to file
consent of surety to recognize the new condition to the terms of the bond.
Upon request, your Assistant Regional Commissioner will furnish you with an initial
supply of the revised and new forms.
Inquiries. Inquiries regarding this circular should refer to its number and be
addressed to your Assistant Regional Commissioner, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Rex D. Davis,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division