Maine direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine shipping rules and regulations

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Maine wine taxes, permits, and rules

What to know about shipping wine DTC in Maine
Last Updated:

08/01/2021

Permit

Permitting

DTC Permit Required: Yes

Permit Type: DTC Permit

Permit Fee: $300 initial permit, $50 for renewals

Permit Expiration: 1 year from issue date

Permit Bond: No

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Sales tax

Transactional Tax Required: Sales tax

Transactional Tax Type Rate: 5.500%

Local Sales Tax: No

Local Sales Tax Range: N/A

Sales Tax on Shipping: Yes

Excise

Excise tax

Excise Tax(es) Collected: Wine Tax

Wine Rates Range: $0.135–$0.20/L

Shipping

Volume limits

Consumer Limit (Off-site): May not ship bottles less than 50ml. No more than 12 cases per year to recipient address.

Consumer Limit (On-site): May not ship bottles less than 50ml. No more than 12 cases per year to recipient address.

Per State Aggregate: Unlimited

Reporting

Returns

Required? Yes

Sales Tax: Quarterly by the 15th

Use Tax: N/A

Excise Tax: Annually by January 30

Direct Shipment: Annually by January 30

Record Retention: N/A

Requirements

Product Registration*

Product Restrictions: Only wines produced by the permittee may be sold and shipped to consumers. Wine may not be shipped in containers that are smaller than 750ml.

Product Registration: Submit list of all product labels to be shipped to consumers in Maine at the time of application.

Registration Fees: None

Labeling Requirements: A direct shipper shall label each package to be shipped so that it conspicuously reads “Contains alcohol: Signature of person 21 years of age or older required for delivery.”

*Nearly all states have some kind of rule regarding how wine must be labeled when being shipped direct to consumer. Please check for the unique rule for your state.

Information

Additional information

Maine DOR site

Please note: Tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this page is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.

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