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

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Massachusetts wine taxes, permits, and rules

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

08/01/2021

Permit

Permitting

DTC Permit Required: Yes

Permit Type: DTC Permit

Permit Fee: $300, $150 for subsequent renewals

Permit Expiration: December 31 of each year

Permit Bond: No

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Sales tax

Transactional Tax Required: No

Transactional Tax Type Rate: N/A

Local Sales Tax: No

Local Sales Tax Range: N/A

Sales Tax on Shipping: N/A

Excise

Excise tax

Excise Tax(es) Collected: Alcoholic Beverages Excise Tax

Wine Rates Range: $0.40/gal

Shipping

Volume limits

Consumer Limit (Off-site): Limit of 12 cases per individual per calendar year for combined onsite and offsite sales.

Consumer Limit (On-site): Limit of 12 cases per individual per calendar year for combined onsite and offsite sales.

Per State Aggregate: Unlimited

Reporting

Returns

Required? Yes

Sales Tax: N/A

Use Tax: N/A

Excise Tax: Monthly by the 20th

Direct Shipment: Annually by Jan 31st

Record Retention: At least 3 years

Requirements

Product Registration*

Product Restrictions: None

Product Registration: Not required

Registration Fees: None

Labeling Requirements: Direct shipments shall be clearly labeled with words that indicate that the package contains alcohol and that the signature of a person, age 21 years or older, is 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

Massachusetts 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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Integrate with existing business systems

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