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Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Tax Bond


Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Tax Bond Information

A surety bond (A-33) is required in Wisconsin for those who have applied for, or have obtained, a permit to engage in business subject to taxes according to the provisions of Chapters 66, 71, 77, 78, or 139, of the Wisconsin Statutes and a demand has been made upon the principal by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for security for payment of taxes. The surety bond is commonly needed alcohol beverage, tobacco products, cigarette, or fuel related businesses. A separate bond may be required for each of these tax types. The surety bond ensures compliance with all of the provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes, and payment of all taxes, interest, and penalties promptly when due, including taxes, interest, and penalties currently due and which may become due.

How Much Does an Alcohol Beverage Tax Bond Cost in Wisconsin?

Alcohol Beverage Tax Bond ($10,000 or less)
Alcohol Beverage Tax Bond (over $10,000)

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What does an Alcohol Beverage Tax Bond Protect Against?

The bond ensures that the bonded principal shall will comply with all of the applicable provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes and pay all taxes, interest, and penalties promptly when due, including taxes, interest, and penalties now due and those which may become due.

Getting Your Wisconsin Business License or Registration

In Wisconsin, liquor taxes are paid by permittees registered with the department pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes for each of the following business activities:

1. Wisconsin liquor wholesalers who import liquor from a foreign country under CBP bond.

2. Out-of-state shippers who ship liquor into Wisconsin from other states.

3. Wisconsin manufacturers, rectifiers, or wineries who produces or bottles liquor in Wisconsin.

4. Wine direct shippers who ship wine to individuals in Wisconsin.

Alcohol beverage permits are issued by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. To request an alcohol beverage permit, you must submit a properly completed application to the department. The application is available on the department’s website or by contacting the department’s Excise Tax Unit at (608) 266-6701.

As part of the permit process, security may be required to guarantee payment of the alcohol beverage tax. Permits will not be issued until the security is received. The amount of security required is typically twice the permittee's maximum monthly beverage tax, but not less than $1,000 or more than $100,000. Acceptable types of security include surety bonds, certificates of deposit, or cash.

Other Helpful Information and Links

State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue