The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) announced at their board meeting last week that they had sent over 100 cease and desist letters to retailers, wineries, and fulfillment houses. The letters state that the ILCC “has evidence that your business is transferring alcoholic liquor into Illinois from a point outside of Illinois without a license.” This action appears to be completely separate from the tax on shipping issues in Illinois.
Recipients of the letter have five business days following receipt to respond if they believe they’ve received the letter in error or if they would like to apply for a license to ship to consumers to bring them into compliance with Illinois law. Notably, the letter explains that the agency will notify the common carrier making the shipment, resulting in a violation of the carrier agreement and potentially putting shipments to all states at risk for that seller. (more…)