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    Posts from the California Category

    California Sales Tax Hike Starts Tomorrow

    By Sarah Fine - ShipCompliant Research Team

    A Special Notice was sent out by California’s Board of Equalization early this month, alerting taxpayers that the sales and use tax rate in the state of California will increase by 1% on April 1, 2009. The tax increase is part of voter-approved Proposition 1A, a budget package designed to increase state revenue by $16 [...]

    March 31st, 2009

    Attention 17/20s: 17 + 20 ≠ 02

    By Ashley Campbell - ShipCompliant Research Team

    That’s right – when California License Type 17 (Beer and Wine Wholesaler) and License Type 20 (Beer and Wine Off-Sale Retailer) are issued in conjunction, the privileges associated with the combination license are not equivalent to those of the 02 Winegrower’s License. A Type 17 License “permits incidental sales to other supplier-type licensees” and a [...]

    August 15th, 2008

    Is the retail to consumer shipping battle headed to the Supreme Court?

    By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

    The issue of direct shipments by retailers to consumers has become a very hot topic of late. As of today, retailers can ship to less than half of the number of states to which producing wineries can ship. The Specialty Wine Retailers Association is fighting hard with both legislative efforts and litigation to open more [...]

    October 15th, 2007

    Virtual wineries taken to court

    By Rachel Dumas Rey- President, Compli Beverage Industry Compliance

    Last week the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control took three “virtual” wineries to court stating that they violated the provisions of their licenses by pouring wine for consumers at a wine festival. So called virtual wineries typically hold two licenses in combination, a type 17 which is a wholesale license and a type 20, [...]

    October 10th, 2006

    More on the Family Winemakers lawsuit

    By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

    Tom Wark from Fermentation posted a lengthy comment in response to Doug Caskey’s thoughts on the Family Winemakers lawsuit. This was another great response, so I wanted to post it to make sure everyone reads it. Doug: First, anyone accusing you of being a traitor to the wine industry simply doesn’t know you or doesn’t [...]

    October 4th, 2006