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Industry Circular

Number: 96-4
Date: November 8, 1996

Department of the Treasury
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Washington, DC 20226


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TO: Manufacturers of Nonbeverage Products and Others Concerned:

PURPOSE: This Industry Circular announces the publication of Treasury Decision (T.D.) ATF-379, "Taxpaid Distilled Spirits Used in Manufacturing Products Unfit for Beverage Use." This Treasury decision, which was published on June 20, 1996, and took effect on August 19, 1996, rewrote the regulations on nonbeverage drawback. A copy of T.D. ATF-379 is attached to this Circular. It includes the text of the new regulations and an explanation of the major changes.

In conjunction with the new regulations, three ATF forms relating to nonbeverage drawback have been issued. The formula form, formerly numbered as ATF F 1678 (5530.5), has been revised and renumbered as ATF F 5154.1. The supporting data form, which was
an optional form published originally with Revenue Procedure 64-32, has been issued as an official ATF form, ATF F 5154.2. The bond form for monthly claimants, formerly numbered as ATF F 1730 (5530.3), has been renumbered as ATF F 5154.3. Copies of each of these new forms are attached.


A. REGULATIONS: The new regulations are thoroughly discussed in the preamble to T.D. ATF-379 (attached). The changes are extensive and substantive, but they do not alter the basic
structure of the nonbeverage drawback program. Claimants should familiarize themselves with the regulations, because a penalty of up to $1,000 per violation may be imposed under 26 U.S.C. 5134.

B. FORMS: (1) FORMULA FORM. The new formula form (ATF F 5154.1) supersedes ATF F 1678. Drawback claimants should begin immediately to use the new form. However, in order to provide a reasonable transition, the ATF Laboratory will continue to accept formulas submitted on Form 1678 through the end of January 1997. All approvals on Form 1678 will remain in effect.

The introduction of the new Form 5154.1 will have no adverse effect on the "Partnership Formula Approval Process" (PFAP) program for alcoholic beverages. Users of PFAP will extract
the same data for their "Flavor Ingredient Data Sheet" (FIDS) from Form 5154.1 as they do from Form 1678. References in PFAP instructions and data fields to "Form 1678" will now be understood as referring to "Form 1678 or 5154.1."

(2) SUPPORTING DATA. The new supporting data form (ATF F 5154. is much simpler than the old form. Nevertheless, as discussed in T.D. ATF-379 (page 31401), claimants may continue to use the old supporting data form if they wish. However, in that case, certain information required by the new form must be added, as follows: (a) Claimants must indicate in the supporting data whether the quarterly physical inventory required by 27 CFR
17.167 has been taken. (Monthly claimants using the old form would need to make this certification only once per quarter.) (b) The Distilled Spirits Account ("Part IV" of the old form)
must show separate data for spirits of different effective tax rates, for spirits from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and for other imported rum. Likewise in Part III (titled
"Distilled Spirits Used" in the old supporting data form), these categories must be employed, if applicable, to allocate the proof gallons of spirits used in each nonbeverage product. (c) Gains deducted from the amount claimed (see 27 CFR 17.162 and 17.167), and total usage of Puerto Rican spirits and Virgin Islands spirits (see 27 CFR 17.147), must be shown. (d) Any other information required by applicable regulations to appear in the supporting data must also be shown.

(3) BOND FORM. Because of legal requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, it will not be possible to provide a transition period for the new bond form. Now that the new ATF F 5154.3 has become available, bonds may no longer be submitted on the old ATF F 1730 (5530.3). However, bonds previously submitted and approved on the old form, ATF F 1730 (5530.3), will remain in effect

(4) OTHER FORMS. Other forms used by nonbeverage drawback claimants, e.g. the special tax return (ATF F 5630.5) and the claim form (ATF F 2635 (5620.8)), have not been changed.

INQUIRIES: Inquiries concerning this circular should refer to its number and be addressed to the Chief, Alcohol and Tobacco Programs Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firerarms,
650 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20226.


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