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Posts from the Maryland Category

Is the Marketplace Fairness Act Fair for Wineries?

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

In short, yes, for a couple of reasons: 1. Wineries already pay sales tax in most states 2. The vast majority of wineries will likely be exempt from the law So what is it, exactly? Senate Bill S. 743, more commonly known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act“, is a pretty simple bill that would give [...]

May 7th, 2013

To Stay Afloat, Here is a Life Buoy of Wine Compliance Legislative Updates

By Jessamyn Boltz - ShipCompliant Research Team

As the snow melts here in Boulder, it’s time for a status update on the direct shipping bills we expected to see in 2013, as well as other notable legislation. 1. How are Direct Shipping Bills Stacking Up? Massachusetts has seen six direct shipping bills introduced this session, and though there hasn’t been much movement [...]

March 29th, 2013

Maryland Direct Shippers Should Still File Sales Tax Quarterly

By Terri Cofer Beirne, Eastern Counsel, Wine Institute

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 [...]

March 7th, 2013

Maryland Direct Wine Shipment Report will be Important in Other States

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

Since 2005 when the Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates for direct wine shipping legislation, questions about whether direct shipping would harm local businesses, would hurt tax revenue and would lead to a significant increase in minors accessing alcohol have been posed. It has been rare that these and other questions are [...]

January 14th, 2013

Wine Sales and Distribution 2012 – A Look Forward

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

In looking forward to what 2012 might bring the world of wine compliance and regulation, it is instructive to first look back at 2011. One thing we’ve learned after eight years in the world of wine compliance is that once movements gain momentum, it’s hard to slow them down. The past year demonstrated the continuation [...]

January 9th, 2012