[Federal Register Volume 65, Number 201 (Tuesday, October 17, 2000)]
[Page 61374]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 00-26624]



Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Proposed Collection; Comment Request

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing 
effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general 
public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment 
on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms 
within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning 
the Letterhead Applications and Notices Filed by Brewers.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before December 18, 

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco 
and Firearms, Linda Barnes, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, 
DC 20226, (202) 927-8930.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the form(s) and instructions should be directed to William H. 
Foster, Regulations Division, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8374.

    Title: Letterhead Applications and Notices Filed by Brewers.
    OMB Number: 1512-0045.
    Form Number: ATF F 5130.10.
    Recordkeeping Requirement ID Number: ATF REC 5130/2.
    Abstract: The Internal Revenue Code requires brewers to file a 
notice of intent to operate a brewery. ATF F 5130.10 is similar to a 
permit and, when approved by ATF, is a brewer's authorization to 
operate. Letterhead applications and notices are necessary to identify 
brewery activities so that ATF may insure that proposed operations do 
not jeopardize Federal revenues. Brewers must keep general required 
records for ongoing brewery operations for a period of 3 years. 
However, the brewer must keep certain documents for an indefinite 
period. Qualifying documents are the permission to operate. So, as long 
as the brewery is in operation, the brewer must keep the pertinent 
qualifying documents, including the Brewer's Notice and other notices 
and applications.
    Current Actions: The form has been rewritten in plain language 
style which makes it more easily understood. Also, the revised form has 
combined many letterhead instructions and attachments where previously 
the brewer would have to generate the attachments for the application. 
The number of breweries has increased substantially but the burden to 
complete the form has been reduced by 1 hour.
    Type of Review: Extension with changes.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,750.
    Estimated Time Per Respondent: 3 hours for the form and 30 minutes 
for notices and applications.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,625.

Request for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will 
become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether 
the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance 
of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates 
of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and 
purchase of services to provide information.

    Dated: October 10, 2000.
William T. Earle,
Assistant Director (Management) CFO.
[FR Doc. 00-26624 Filed 10-16-00; 8:45 am]