In 2017, Maryland was responsible for $32 million in DtC wine purchases, making it the 21st-largest DtC wine market in the country. Close proximity to the D.C. area and a robust local winery industry make Maryland a key target for DtC sellers. Here’s what you need to know to:
  • 1) Become compliant
  • 2) Stay compliant
  • 3) Expand your business in Maryland
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Steps to Compliance

STEP 1: Becoming Compliant

STEP 1: Becoming Compliant

The first step in expanding any DtC business in Maryland is becoming compliant with the many rules and regulations required there. Below is a list of what to watch out for.
  • Volume Limits

    Wineries are limited to shipping no more than 18 cases per household per calendar year.
  • Shipping Restrictions

    All packages containing wine must be clearly labeled, “Contains Alcohol: Signature of person 21 years of age or older required for delivery.”
  • Customer Information

    Wineries must collect at the time of purchase for regular reporting customer and order information, including both the recipient’s name and address, cost of each order, and amount purchased. Such information should also be kept on file, in case of audit.
  • Tax Rates

    Excise Tax: $0.40 per gallon of all wine

    Sales Tax: 9%, special alcohol rate

STEP 2: Staying Compliant

STEP 2: Staying Compliant

The second step in expanding your business is staying compliant. Ensure you are able to continue shipping DtC in Maryland by following the guidelines below.
  • Tax Reports

    Excise Tax: MD-315 DWS Tax Return, due quarterly

    Sales Tax: COM/RAD 098 SUT Return
  • Shipping Reports

    A report summarizing per-order invoice data on the recipient, order cost, and package contents must be included with the quarterly excise tax return.

STEP 3: Expanding Your Business

STEP 3: Expanding Your Business

As the 21st-largest driver of sales among the 45 states that permit DtC wine sales, Maryland is prime real estate for wine sellers who are able to follow the regulations effectively.
  • License Required

    All wineries making DtC sales to Maryland residents must first receive a Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit. This permit is available for $200, and must be renewed annually by July 1st. In addition, permit holders must retain a $1,000 tax bond.
  • Product Limits

    Wineries are only permitted to sell wines they manufacture themselves to Maryland residents DtC.

STEP 4: Get In Touch with A DtC Expert

STEP 4: Get In Touch with A DtC Expert

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