The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has announced that it will conduct audits of Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper permit holders beginning on September 1, 2019.
Per the announcement, the purpose of these audits is to ensure that the permit holders have been in compliance with Texas rules and regulations for Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper permittees. These include payment of taxes, reporting on wine shipments, and not exceeding the limits of nine gallons per month and 36 gallons per year that the state imposes on how much a direct shipper may send to a single Texas resident.
While winery direct shippers are subject at all times to an audit by the TABC, that the agency is announcing this round of audits implies that many more permit holders could expect to be contacted by the TABC than would be typical. These audits will be issued at random, though the TABC notes that permit holders who have received non-compliance notices from the state should expect to have greater odds of being selected.
This notice comes at a time when many states are working to ensure that direct-to-consumer shippers of wine are complying with the regulations imposed by the state, though Texas is currently the only state to have announced a specific program to conduct this verification.
More than ever, compliance matters
Such steps by states underscore the importance of staying in compliance with any and all rules a state imposes on you as a direct-to-consumer shipper of wine. Shipping wine can be complicated, with laws varying state-by-state, and various reporting requirements imposed by states. We at ShipCompliant by Sovos are committed to enabling this market to continue to grow and thrive by ensuring compliance by wine shippers.