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Title 27Chapter ISubchapter APart 20 → Subpart C


Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms
PART 20—DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF DENATURED ALCOHOL AND RUM


Subpart C—Administrative Provisions


Contents

Authorities

§20.20   Delegations of the Administrator.
§20.21   Forms prescribed.
§20.22   Alternate methods or procedures; and emergency variations from requirements.
§20.23   Approval of formulas and statements of process.
§20.24   Allowance of claims.
§20.25   Permits.
§20.27   Right of entry and examination.
§20.28   Detention of containers.

Liability for Tax

§20.31   Applicable laws and regulations; persons liable for tax.

Marks and Brands

§20.33   Time of destruction of marks and brands.

Document Requirements

§20.36   Execution under penalties of perjury.
§20.37   Filing of qualifying documents.

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Authorities

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§20.20   Delegations of the Administrator.

The regulatory authorities of the Administrator contained in this part are delegated to appropriate TTB officers. These TTB officers are specified in the current version of TTB Order 1135.20, Delegation of the Administrator's Authorities in 27 CFR Part 20, Distribution and Use of Denatured Alcohol and Rum. You may obtain a copy of this order by accessing the TTB Web site (http://www.ttb.gov) or by mailing a request to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, National Revenue Center, 550 Main Street, Room 1516, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

[T.D. TTB-44, 71 FR 16934, Apr. 4, 2006 ,as amended by T.D. TTB-140, 81 FR 59456, Aug. 30, 2016]

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§20.21   Forms prescribed.

(a) The appropriate TTB officer is authorized to prescribe all forms required by this part, including applications, notices, claims, reports, and records. All of the information called for in each form shall be furnished as indicated by the headings on the form and the instructions on or pertaining to the form. In addition, information called for in each form shall be furnished as required by this part. The form will be filed in accordance with the instructions for the form.

(b) Forms prescribed by this part are available for printing through the TTB Web site (http://www.ttb.gov) or by mailing a request to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, National Revenue Center, 550 Main Street, Room 1516, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

[T.D. ATF-199, 50 FR 9162, Mar. 6, 1985, as amended by T.D. ATF-249, 52 FR 5961, Feb. 27, 1987; T.D. 372, 61 FR 20724, May 8, 1996; T.D. ATF-435, 66 FR 5474, Jan. 19, 2001; T.D. ATF-476, 67 FR 17938, Apr. 12, 2002; T.D. TTB-44, 71 FR 16934, Apr. 4, 2006]

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§20.22   Alternate methods or procedures; and emergency variations from requirements.

(a) Alternate methods or procedures—(1) Application. A permittee, after receiving approval from the appropriate TTB officer, may use an alternate method or procedure (including alternate construction or equipment) in lieu of a method or procedure prescribed by this part. A permittee wishing to use an alternate method or procedure may apply to the appropriate TTB officer. The permittee shall describe the proposed alternate method or procedure and shall set forth the reasons for its use.

(2) Approval by appropriate TTB officer. The appropriate TTB officer may approve the use of an alternate method or procedure if:

(i) The applicant shows good cause for its use;

(ii) It is consistent with the purpose and effect of the procedure prescribed by this part, and provides equal security to the revenue;

(iii) It is not contrary to law; and

(iv) It will not cause an increase in cost to the Government and will not hinder the effective administration of this part.

(3) Conditions of approval. A permittee may not employ an alternate method or procedure until the appropriate TTB officer has approved its use. The permittee shall, during the terms of the authorization of an alternate method or procedure, comply with terms of the approved application.

(b) Emergency variations from requirements—(1) Application. When an emergency exists, a permittee may apply to the appropriate TTB officer for a variation from the requirements of this part relating to construction, equipment, and methods of operation. The permittee shall describe the proposed variation and set forth the reasons for using it.

(2) Approval by appropriate TTB officer. The appropriate TTB officer may approve an emergency variation from requirements if:

(i) An emergency exists;

(ii) The variation from the requirements is necessary;

(iii) It will afford the same security and protection to the revenue as intended by the specific regulations;

(iv) It will not hinder the effective administration of this part; and

(v) It is not contrary to law.

(3) Conditions of approval. A permittee may not employ an emergency variation from the requirements until the appropriate TTB officer has approved its use. Approval of variations from requirements are conditioned upon compliance with the conditions and limitations set forth in the approval.

(4) Automatic termination of approval. If the permittee fails to comply in good faith with the procedures, conditions or limitations set forth in the approval, authority for the variation from requirements is automatically terminated and the permittee is required to comply with prescribed requirements of regulations from which those variations were authorized.

(c) Withdrawal of approval. The appropriate TTB officer may withdraw approval for an alternate method or procedure, may withdraw approval for an emergency variation from requirements, approved under paragraph (a) or (b) of this section, if the appropriate TTB officer finds that the revenue is jeopardized or the effective administration of this part is hindered by the approval.

(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1513-0061)

(Act of August 16, 1954, Ch. 736, 68A Stat. 917 (26 U.S.C. 7805); sec. 201, Pub. L. 85-859, 72 Stat. 1395, as amended (26 U.S.C. 5552))

[T.D. ATF-199, 50 FR 9162, Mar. 6, 1985, as amended by T.D. ATF-235, 66 FR 5474, Jan. 19, 2001; T.D. ATF-476, 67 FR 17938, Apr. 12, 2002; T.D. TTB-140, 81 FR 59456, Aug. 30, 2016]

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§20.23   Approval of formulas and statements of process.

The appropriate TTB officer is authorized to approve all formulas for articles and statements of process relating to recovery operations or other activities required to be submitted on Form 5150.19.

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§20.24   Allowance of claims.

The appropriate TTB officer is authorized to allow claims for losses of specially denatured alcohol or specially denatured rum.

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§20.25   Permits.

The appropriate TTB officer must issue permits for the United States or a Governmental agency as provided in §20.241 and industrial alcohol user permits, Form 5150.9, required under this part.

[T.D. ATF-435, 66 FR 5474, Jan. 19, 2001]

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§20.27   Right of entry and examination.

An appropriate TTB officer may enter, during business hours or at any time operations are being conducted, any premises on which operations governed by this part are conducted to inspect the records and reports required by this part to be kept on those premises. An appropriate TTB officer may also inspect and take samples of distilled spirits, denatured alcohol, specially denatured rum or articles (including any substance for use in the manufacture of denatured alcohol, specially denatured rum or articles) to which those records or reports relate.

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§20.28   Detention of containers.

(a) Summary detention. An appropriate TTB officer may detain any container containing, or supposed to contain, spirits (including denatured spirits and articles), when the appropriate TTB officer believes those spirits, denatured spirits, or articles were produced, withdrawn, sold, transported, or used in violation of law or this part. The appropriate TTB officer shall hold the container at a safe place until it is determined if the detained property is liable by law to forfeiture.

(b) Limitations. Summary detention may not exceed 72 hours without process of law or intervention of the appropriate TTB officer. The person possessing the container immediately before its detention may prepare a waiver of the 72 hours limitation to have the container kept on his or her premises during detention.

(Sec. 201, Pub. L. 85-859, Stat. 1375, as amended (26 U.S.C. 5311))

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Liability for Tax

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§20.31   Applicable laws and regulations; persons liable for tax.

(a) All laws and regulations regarding alcohol or rum that is not denatured, including those requiring payment of the distilled spirits tax, apply to completely denatured alcohol, specially denatured alcohol, specially denatured rum, or articles produced, withdrawn, sold, transported, or used in violation of laws or regulations pertaining to those substances.

(b) Any person who produces, withdraws, sells, transports, or uses completely denatured alcohol, specially denatured alcohol, specially denatured rum, or articles in violation of laws or regulations shall be required to pay the distilled spirits tax on those substances.

(Sec. 201, Pub. L. 85-859, 72 Stat. 1314, as amended (26 U.S.C. 5001))

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Marks and Brands

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§20.33   Time of destruction of marks and brands.

(a) Any person who empties a package containing denatured alcohol, specially denatured rum, or articles made from denatured alcohol or specially denatured rum shall immediately destroy or obliterate the marks, brands, and labels required by this chapter to be placed on packages containing those materials.

(b) A person may not destroy or obliterate the marks, brands or labels until the package or drum has been emptied.

(Sec. 201, Pub. L. 85-859, 72 Stat. 1358, as amended (26 U.S.C. 5206))

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Document Requirements

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§20.36   Execution under penalties of perjury.

(a) When any form or document prescribed by this part is required to be executed under penalties of perjury, the dealer or user or other authorized person shall:

(1) Insert the declaration “I declare under the penalties of perjury that I have examined this ________ (insert the type of document such as claim, application, statement, report, certificate), including all supporting documents, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and complete”; and

(2) Sign the document.

(b) When the required document already bears a perjury declaration, the dealer or user or other authorized person shall sign the document.

(26 U.S.C. 6065)

[T.D. ATF-199, 50 FR 9162, Mar. 6, 1985, as amended by T.D. ATF-332, 57 FR 40849, Sept. 8, 1992]

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§20.37   Filing of qualifying documents.

All documents returned to a permittee or other person as evidence of compliance with requirements of this part, or as authorization, shall except as otherwise provided, be kept readily available for inspection by an appropriate TTB officer during business hours.

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