TTB Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Art Resnick

November 29, 2004

(REVISED APRIL 22, 2005)

Suspension of Special Occupational Tax Payments

Washington, D.C. - On October 22, 2004, H.R. 4520, the American Job Creations Act of 2004, was signed into law. As part of this act, the payment of Special Occupational Tax (SOT) will be suspended for certain businesses.

Although most taxpayers no longer will have to pay this tax during the suspension period, others will still be required to continue paying, and all taxpayers must still file the SOT Tax Return (TTB Form 5630.5) annually with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Currently, SOT is due by July 1 of every year for most businesses engaged in alcohol and tobacco industries at the manufacturing, wholesaling/importing, and retailing levels (tobacco retailers are not included).

With this new law, most SOT taxpayers will no longer be required to pay this tax for the period beginning July 1, 2005. The suspension of the SOT requirement will last three years and ends on June 30, 2008. No SOT is due for operations conducted between these dates.

Payment of SOT will no longer be required from producers, wholesalers, importers, and retailers of alcohol beverages, as well as manufacturers of non-beverage products.

SOT will remain due by Tax-Free Alcohol Users and Specially Denatured Alcohol Users and Dealers as well as Tobacco Products Manufacturers and Tobacco Export Warehouse Proprietors.

For all industry members, SOT remains due and payable for all persons in business and any new business until July 1, 2005. Any liabilities up until that date will still be due, even during the suspension period.

If you have questions regarding the suspension of SOT, please contact TTB’s National Revenue Center at 1-(800) 937-8864 or (513) 684-2979.