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Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

1310 G Street NW., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005


Deputy AdministratorDavid M. Wulf

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau enforces the laws regulating alcohol production, importation, and wholesale businesses; tobacco manufacturing and importing businesses; and alcohol labeling and advertising.


On November 25, 2002, President George W. Bush approved Public Law 107–296, which is also cited as the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (116 Stat. 2135). Title XI—Department of Justice Divisions contains a subtitle (116 Stat. 2274–2280) that transferred the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to the Department of Justice, while providing that the tax collection functions were to remain with the Department of the Treasury and be administered by a newly established Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

The statute became effective 60 days after the President signed it (116 Stat. 2142) thereby establishing the TTB on January 24, 2003.

The TTB posts an organizational chart on its website.


Codified material from Public Law 107–296 has been assigned to section 531 of 6 U.S.C.

Codified statutory material affecting taxation of distilled spirits, wines, and beer has been assigned to chapter 51 of 26 U.S.C.

Codified statutory material affecting taxation of tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes has been assigned to chapter 52 of 26 U.S.C.

Codified rules and regulations that are associated with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) have been assigned to chapter 1 of 27 CFR.


The TTB collects Federal alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and ammunition excise taxes; regulates the production, labeling, and advertising of alcohol beverages; and investigates unfair or unlawful trade in alcohol and tobacco products. The Bureau regulates alcohol and tobacco producers, importers, and wholesalers. Regulation of retailers takes place on State and local levels.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that records of the TTB have been assigned to record group 564. The TTB was created when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was split into two new bureaus and its functions were reassigned and distributed between them. The new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE) and its functions became part of the Department of Justice. The new TTB and its function remained within the Department of the Treasury. Record group 564 does not have a description that currently is associated with it. Records of the ATFE have been assigned to record group 436.

Advertising, Labeling, and Formulation

For information on the advertising, labeling, and formulation of alcohol beverages, contact the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division. Phone, 202-453-2250 or 866-927-2533. | Email:

Business Opportunities

The Bureau procures a variety of commercial goods and services each year, using appropriated and nonappropriated funds. The "Contracting with TTB" web page has more information.

Career Opportunities

The TTB has offices nationwide, including in Puerto Rico. Many TTB employees telework full time. To carry out its mission, the Bureau relies on alcohol and tobacco tax specialists, analysts, attorneys, auditors, chemists, investigators,labeling specialists, writers, and other professionals.

Among 420 agency subcomponents, the TTB placed 4th in the Partnership for Public Service's 2019 Best Places To Work rankings!

Consumer Protection

The TTB protects the public by promulgating rules and regulations, collecting information on suspicious activities, and helping to create and enforce laws that promote industry compliance. | Email:

Contact Information

The "Contact the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau" web page contains phone numbers and links to relevant online resources.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the TTB recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Fraud Tipline

To report fraud, diversion, and illegal activity by producers, importers, or wholesalers of alcohol and tobacco, contact the Bureau's tipline. Phone, 855-882-8477. TTD, 202-882-9914. | Email:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The TTB adheres to the policy and disclosure regulations of the Department of the Treasury for implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) consistently and uniformly and for providing maximum allowable disclosure of agency records upon request. Requests are processed within the time limits defined by the FOIA.

The TTB's website has an electronic reading room containing materials that the FOIA requires the Bureau to maintain. Some records are accessible, by appointment, in the public reading room located at 1310 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20005. Phone, 202-882-9904.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The TTB posts answers to FAQs. | Email:


The TTB maintains a glossary on its website.

Language Links

Information is available on the TTB website in Chinese, Spanish, and French.

In Chinese

En Español

En Français

Name that Grape

Using a grape variety name on an American wine label is optional. Nevertheless, many wineries and bottlers show this information on their labels. The TTB designed its "Grape Variety Designations on American Wine Labels" web page to help explain the rules.

The TTB Administrator has approved a list of grape variety names for use as American wine type designations. This list has been assigned to "Subpart J—American Grape Variety Names" of part 4 in 27 CFR.

National Revenue Center

The National Revenue Center operates a call center that is open on weekdays, 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.–5 p.m., eastern standard time. It can provide information on applications, claims, filing excise tax returns, permits, and other tax collection topics. Phone, 877-882-3277.

News / Events

The TTB posts newsletters, press releases, and other newsworthy items on its website.

Online Help Center

The "Online Help Center" web page has links to information that is relevant for TTB online applications and tools for making certain transactions with TTB easier to complete online.


The "Publications" web page provides convenient access to TTB publications that are found on various pages of the website.

Resources for Research

The "Research Resources" web page provides convenient access to information on the regulatory process, the laws and regulations that the TTB enforces, and on other subjects. It also has industry statistics and historical information.

Startup Tutorial

The TTB posted a tutorial on its website to help entrepreneurs get started in the beer, distilled spirits, tobacco, and wind industries.

Statistics / Data

The "TTB Statistics and Data" web page provides convenient access to accurate and timely statistics and data. The page has statistics on industry production and operations, TTB tax collections, and processing times for applications, labeling approval, permits, and requests for information. It also has tax rates and analysis tools like conversion charts and the Bureau's formula approval tool.