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Alcohol Tax Bond

  • Also known as liquor bond, liquor tax bond and alcohol tax bond
  • Required by the state or federal government
  • Guarantees payment of taxes on liquor sales
  • Bond form and amount vary by location and license type
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Alcohol / Liquor Bond Definition

When you start your liquor business, you’ll be required to obtain an alcohol tax bond by the state or federal government. It is a prerequisite for participating in the sale, manufacturing and warehousing of alcohol. So what exactly is the alcohol bond?

The alcohol bond, also known as a liquor bond, is a type of tax bond that guarantees the payment of taxes on all transactions with liquor. Thus it protects the authority requiring it, in case you are unable to pay collected taxes or you keep fraudulent records.

In practical terms, it is a three-party contract between your liquor business as the principal, the state or federal government as the obligee, and the surety as the underwriter of the bond.

Unlike other surety bonds, the alcohol tax bond acts as a financial guarantee, which is a type of bond often avoided by sureties. The reason is that financial guarantee bonds involve a higher level of risk, since they entail financial reimbursement rather than full performance of services or abiding by certain laws and regulations. However, in the case of a liquor bond, the state is the obligee and taxes are usually collected and stored separately, which reduces the risk of fraud.

In case you still transgress the rules of tax collection on liquor, a claim can be made on your bond. If a discrepancy is proven, the surety will cover the expenses up to the penal sum of the bond. Afterwards you will need to fully reimburse the underwriter, however. It makes sense to collect and pay your liquor taxes diligently, as bond claims can be of great financial and reputational harm to your business.

Liquor Bond Cost

The cost of your alcohol tax bond will largely depend on the state or government authority requiring the guarantee. The bonding amounts may be somewhere between $2,500 and $7,500, but in some cases they may differ, as they are set by the relevant obligee.

As with other types of bonding, you’ll have to pay only a percentage of the required bonding amount. Thus, if you qualify for the standard market, you’re likely to pay a premium between 1% and 5%.

You can’t control the required bonding amount, but there are ways to lower the percentage you’ll have to pay from it. One of the most important factors that sureties consider when they examine your application is your credit score. That’s why it’s a good idea to try to improve your financial profile. Showing proof of your liquidity and assets is another way to present your business in the best light and get a lower bond premium.

It’s also important to carefully choose your surety underwriter. Bryant Surety Bonds works with multiple A-rated, T-listed surety companies, which allows us to shop around for the best bonding rate for your specific situation.

To get an estimate of your bond cost, you can use our surety bond cost calculator in the right sidebar or consult our surety bond cost page to see how the bond premium is calculated.

Bad Credit Program

If you have a lower credit score, tax liens, bankruptcies or civil judgments, you might have a harder time to get your liquor bond. Still, there are options to get bonded.

Our bad credit surety bond program is a really good one. We strive to give you the opportunity to get your alcohol tax bond and stay in business even if your financial situation is not so perfect. Getting bonded with bad credit means you’ll have to pay a bit more for your bond premium - in the range of 5%-17%. This is needed to compensate for the higher risk involved in the underwriting. However, our bonding experts will examine your specific situation and will offer you the best solution for your case.

Get Your Alcohol Bond Today

It’s easy to start your bonding process today. You can apply online to get a free, no-obligation quote in minutes. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to call us at (866)-450-3412. You can get help and receive answers by our bonding experts, so that getting bonded involves no hassle for you.

Popular Liquor/Alcohol Tax Bonds by State

Alcohol Tax (Retailers)

Department of the Treasury

  • Bond: Brewers Bond
  • Obligee: Department of the Treasury: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
  • Form: OMB 1513-0015
  • Amount: Set by Obligee

Georgia

  • Bond: Retailers and Consumption on Premises Liquor License Performance and Tax Liability Bond
  • Obligee:Georgia Department of Revenue: Alcohol and Tobacco DivisionPO Box 49512 Atlanta, GA 30359-1512
  • Form: ATT-59 (BOND FORM REQUIRES A 12/31 EXPIRATION DATE)
  • Amount: $2,500

Iowa

  • Bond: Beer Permit Bond, Wine Permit Bond
  • Obligee:Department of Commerce: Alcoholic Beverages Division1918 S.E. Hulsizer Ankeny, Iowa 50021
  • Form:
  • Amount: $5,000

Kansas

  • Bond: Kansas Liquor Drink Tax Surety Bond
  • Obligee:Kansas Department of Revenue: Customer Relations – Miscellaneous Segment915 SW Harrison St. Topeka, Kansas 66625-5000
  • Form: LD-400
  • Amount: Set by Obligee

Mississippi

  • Bond: Surety Bond (generic form)
  • Obligee: State of Mississippi Department of Revenue: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Form:
  • Amount: Set by Obligee

New Jersey

  • Bond: New Jersey Beverage Tax Bond
  • Obligee:NJ Department of the Treasury, Division of Taxation: Beverage Tax License UnitCN-252 Trenton, New Jersey 08646
  • Form: B-7-1800
  • Amount: Set by Obligee

Texas

  • Bond: Texas Continuous Bond-Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax
  • Obligee:Texas Comptroller of Public AccountsAustin, Texas
  • Form: 67-102 (BOND FORM REQUIRES A 12/31 EXPIRATION DATE)
  • Amount: Set by Obligee

Utah

  • Bond: Limited Restaurant Bond
  • Obligee:Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control1625 s 900 W PO Box 30408 Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0408
  • Form:
  • Amount: $5,000

Find the Bond You Need

  • Alabama
    Selling Alcoholic, Spirituous, Vinous or Fermented
    Jefferson County Dept. of Revenue
  • Alabama
    Alcohol Ordinance Tax of Fee Bond (Priceville, AL)
    City of Priceville
  • Federal Government
    Distilled Spirits
    Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Federal Government
    Brewer's Bond
    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Federal Government
    Brewer's Collateral Bond
    Dept of Treasury Alcohol and TTB
  • Federal Government
    Wine
    TTB
  • Georgia
    Malt Beverage License
    Georia Department of Revenue
  • Georgia
    Winery Manufacturer, Broker, Importer
    Georgia Department of Revenue, Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Georgia
    Liquor Manufacturer Distillery Tax Bond
    Georgia Dept. of Revenue
  • Georgia
    Wholesale and/or Retail Liquor Bond (Macon-Bibb, G
    Macon-Bibb County
  • Georgia
    Malt Beverage Wholesalers Tax Bond
    Georgia Department of Revenue
  • Georgia
    Retailers and Consumption Performance and Tax
    Georgia Dept. of Revenue Alcohol & tobacco Tax Uni
  • Georgia
    Retailer's Malt Beverage and/or Wine Bond (Macon-B
    Macon-Bibb County
  • Georgia
    Manufacturers Distilled Spirits License Performanc
    GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ALCOHOL & TOBACCO
  • Georgia
    Importers Distilled Spirits License Performance an
    Georgia Dept of Revenue, Alcohol & Tobacco Divisio
  • Georgia
    Brokers Distilled Spirits Performance and Tax Liab
    Georgia Dept of Revenue
  • Georgia
    Liquor Broker Tax Bond
    Georgia Dept of Revenue
  • Georgia
    Liquour Wholesalers Tax Bond
    Georgia Department of Revenue
  • Illinois
    Financial Responsibility Bond
    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
  • Indiana
    Alcohol Beverage
    Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Iowa
    Commerical Liquor License
    Iowa Alcohlic Beverages division
  • Kansas
    Liquor Drink Tax Bond
    Department of Revenue, Customer Relations, Miscell
  • Kansas
    Liquor Licenses Bond
    Department of Revenue - Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Local Government
    Alcohol Beverage Control Surety
    Alcoholic Beverage Control Division Permit Dept
  • Local Government
    Liquor License Tax Bond
    City Of Huntsville, Alabama
  • Local Government
    Alcohol Ordinance Tax or Fee
    City of Aliceville
  • Local Government
    City of Oglesby, IL Liquor License Bond
    City of Oglesby
  • Local Government
    Alcohol License Tax Bond (City of Decatur)
    City of Decatur, Alabama
  • Maryland
    Beer (Non Resident or Resident Dealer Bond
    State of Maryland
  • Maryland
    Direct Wine Shipper Bond
    Comptroller of MD - Revenie Administration Div.
  • Maryland
    Wine and Liquor Bond
    Comptroller of MD - MATT Reg. Division A&T
  • Massachusetts
    Bond for Liquor License
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts ABCC
  • Massachusetts
    Brewer's
    Nat'l Revenue Ctr - Alcohol/Tobacco Tax Bureau
  • Michigan
    MLCC Non-Retail License
    Michigan Liquor Control Commission
  • Michigan
    Retailer or Applicant for Retail License Bond
    MLCC - MICHIGAN LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION
  • Michigan
    Special License for Sale of Beer, Wine, and Spirit
    MI Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Minnesota
    Alochol & Gambling Enforcement direcor Manufactors
    Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling E
  • Mississippi
    Alcohol (Retailers) Bond
    Alcoholic Beverage Control Div. of the Tax Comm.
  • Mississippi
    Brewer's Bond
    Mississippi Department of Revenue
  • Missouri
    Corporate Bond (Intoxicating Liquor, Wine & 5% Bee
    Director of Revenue
  • Nebraska
    Alcoholic Liquor Tax Bond
    Nebraska Liquor Control Commission
  • Nevada
    Liquor Excise Tax Bond
    Dept of Taxation
  • New Jersey
    Beverage Tax Bond
    NJ Dept of Treasury
  • New Jersey
    Beverage Tax Bond
    Dept. of Treasury, Beverage Tax Branch
  • New York
    New York Alcoholic Beverage Control
    State Liquor Authority
  • New York
    Alcohol (Retailers) Bond
  • Oklahoma
    Alcoholic Beverage Tax
    Oklahoma Tax Commission
  • Oklahoma
    Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax Bond
    OK Tax Commission
  • Oregon
    Liquor Control Commission Licensee
    Oregon Liquor Control Commission
  • Oregon
    Liquor Control Commission Licensee's Bond
    Oregon Liquor Control Commission
  • Pennsylvania
    Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond
    Dept of Revenue, Bureau of Business Trust Fund Tax
  • Rhode Island
    Alcohol Beverage Bond
    State of Rhode Island Dept. of Business Regulation
  • Tennessee
    Warehousmen, Dealers, Wholesalers, Manufacturers o
    Department of Revenue
  • Tennessee
    Sale of Alcoholic Beverages For Consumption On Pre
    State of Tennessee ABC
  • Tennessee
    Sale of Alcoholic Beverages For Consumption On Pre
    State Tennessee
  • Tennessee
    License For Consumption On Premises
    Department of Revenue State of Tennessee
  • Tennessee
    Alcohol (All Others) Bond
    Department of Revenue
  • Texas
    Liquor Tax
    Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Texas
    Grain Warehouse Schedule D- Operator Bond
    Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Texas
    Contract/Alternating Resident and Non Resident Bre
    Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Texas
    Gross Receipts Tax Bond
    Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Texas
    Sales Tax Bond
    Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Texas
    Conduct Surety Bond
    Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Texas
    TABC - Performance
    Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Texas
    Tax Bond
    Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Utah
    Restaurant Liquor
    Utah Department Of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Utah
    Limited Restaurant
    UT Dept of Alcoholic beverage Control
  • Utah
    Liquor Warehousing Bond
    Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Utah
    On Premise Beer
    Dept. of Alcohol Beverage Control
  • Vermont
    Agent to Sell Spirituous Liquors Bond
    Vermont Dept of Liquor Control
  • Virginia
    Malt Beverage Manufacturer, Bottler or Wholesaler
    Department of Alcohol Beverage Control
  • Virginia
    Wholesale Wine Distributor's Bond (Individual or P
    Department of Alcohol Beverage Control
  • Virginia
    Wholesale Wine Distributor Bond (Corporation Form)
    Department of Alcohol Beverage
  • West Virginia
    Permit Carrier Bond (WVABCA)
    WV Department of Revenue
  • West Virginia
    Non-Intoxicating Beer
    Alcohol Beverage Control Administration
  • West Virginia
    Alcohol Beverage Control
    Alcohol Beverage Control Administration
  • Wisconsin
    Alcohol Bond
    Department of Revenue- Excise Tax Section 6-107

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