March 7th, 2013
Maryland may still be working out some kinks in the sales tax collection component of their direct wine shippers program. Some wineries may have incorrectly received a notice that their sales tax payments should be made monthly rather than making the quarterly payments required under the DTC shipping law.
It seems that some vendors are being automatically switched to monthly payments in the state’s automated collection system. If you receive a Maryland Sales & Use delinquency/penalty letter telling you to file monthly reports, do not follow their instructions and change from quarterly payments. Instead, contact Patricia Anthony in the Licensing & Registration Division at (410) 260-7532. And do NOT contact the Sales & Use Division as the letter might suggest.
Terri Cofer Beirne, Eastern Counsel, Wine Institute