Alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers are required to operate free from the influence of each other. As part of this, businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages are restricted from giving gifts or engaging in certain types of transactions.
The following types of transactions are considered gifts and loans:
- Loaning or giving money,
- Selling, renting, loaning, or giving equipment, furniture, fixtures, or property, or
- Giving or selling a service.
While the law generally prohibits gifts, there are exceptions. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) is permitted to grant an exception to the gift rules when each separate service or article of property is between $50 and $500. At least one of the entities participating in the transaction must obtain the approval of the Board before the transaction occurs. Complete and return the disclosure form to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for Board consideration.
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