Effective on July 1st, 2006, Colorado will officially move from a reciprocal state to a limited-direct state. See the file in the ShipCompliant Document Library for the full details of House Bill 1120, which will establish a permit system for in-state and out-of-state wineries. Governor Bill Owens signed the bill on Thursday.
Colorado was previously considered by most to be a “reciprocal” state even though a direct shipping license was required as was a previous onsite visit by Colorado consumers. The new legislation will remove the onsite visit requirement and remove the current per customer quantity limit of two cases per individual per month. Excise taxes and monthly reporting will apply, but the Colorado ABC has yet to determine the exact requirements for reporting and taxes.
Congratulations to our friend Doug Caskey at the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board and Chuck McGrigg from the Wine Institute for helping to get this favorable legislation passed.