ELIMINATION OF SERIAL NUMBERS ON STRIP STAMPS
Importers, proprietors of distilled spirits
plants and others concerned:
Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to request your comments on proposals relating
to the elimination of serial numbers on strip stamps.
Background. For some time the Internal Revenue Service has been considering the
feasibility of eliminating serial numbers on strip stamps, principally because
elimination of the serial numbers would substantially reduce the Government's cost
of printing the stamps. On the surface such action seems very favorable; however,
before making a decision on this matter we want to thoroughly evaluate the advantages
and disadvantages which might result if the serial numbers are eliminated.
Proposals. One proposal under consideration will eliminate the serial numbers from
strip stamps, but will provide that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing preprint the
appropriate DSP registry number on stamps requisitioned by domestic bottlers. Another
proposal under consideration will eliminate the serial numbers without any additional
requirement. No change in respect to overprinting of stamps will be made under either
proposal, other than that set forth in the notice of proposed rule making published in
the Federal Register for June 23, 1971, which would require an importer to overprint
stamps with his permit number rather than his name and address. If either proposal is
adopted, we will consider permitting bottlers and importers to place identifying
numbers or codes on stamps so long as such data does not obscure essential information
on the stamps.
Comments. In order that we may objectively evaluate each proposal and reach a decision as to which, if either, to adopt, we request and will appreciate your reaction to
each proposal. We would also like to have your answers to the following questions:
(a) Are the serial numbers of significant value to any
particular phase, such as production accounting,
shipping records, etc., of your operations?
(b) Do you know what, if any, benefits are derived from
serial numbers by wholesalers and retailers handling
Your comments on these matters should be in writing and sent to the Director,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division, Attention: CP:AT:RR, 1111 Constitution
Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20224, not later than October 15, 1971.
Rex D. Davis,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division