TTB introduces electronic submission for official forms

TTB

On March 27, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a final rule that changed how certain types of official forms are submitted to the bureau. This update to Title 27 of the Federal Code of Regulations allows official forms, including surety bonds, to be submitted electronically. An excerpt from part 73 of Title 27 can be found below:

§ 73.31 May I submit forms electronically to TTB?

“Yes; to satisfy any requirement to submit forms in this chapter (including a requirement to submit an original form or copies), you may submit an electronic form or you may submit, by electronic means, a copy of an original form, but only if:

(a) You submit the form through an electronic document receiving system that TTB has designated for the receipt of that specific form and for which you have registered if so required; and

(b) The conditions in any one of the following paragraphs apply:

(1) It is an electronic form that bears valid electronic signatures, as provided in subpart B of this part, to the same extent that the paper submission for which it substitutes would bear handwritten signatures;

(2) It is a copy of an original form that requires the signature of a third party who is not the person required to submit the form (such as a bond form or a power of attorney form) or a corporate seal; you submit the copy of the form electronically along with a certification that the copy is an exact copy of the original; the original bears all signatures of all required parties and any required corporate seal; and you maintain the original along with any other records required by TTB and make it available or submit it to TTB upon request; or

(3) It is a copy of a TTB form that is not available in an electronic format or it is a document other than a TTB form (that is, other than a document issued by TTB that bears an Office of Management and Budget control number) that is required to be submitted to TTB; you submit the copy electronically along with a certification that the copy is an exact copy of the original; and you maintain the original along with any other records required by TTB and make it available or submit it to TTB upon request.”

The TTB is currently updating the process that industry members use to submit TTB-required forms to other agencies to allow for electronic submission.

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