26 U.S. Code § 5291. General

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(a) Requirement

Every person disposing of any substance of the character used in the manufacture of distilled spirits, or disposing of denatured distilled spirits or articles from which distilled spirits may be recovered, shall, when required by the Secretary, render a correct return, in such form and manner as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe, showing the name and address of the person to whom each disposition was made, with such details, as to the quantity so disposed of or other information which the Secretary may require as to each such disposition, as will enable the Secretary to determine whether all taxes due with respect to any distilled spirits manufactured or recovered from any such substance, denatured, distilled spirits, or articles, have been paid. Every person required to render a return under this section shall keep such records as will enable such person to render a correct return. Such records shall be preserved for such period as the Secretary shall by regulations prescribe, and shall be kept available for inspection by any internal revenue officer during business hours.

(b) Cross references
For the definition of distilled spirits, see section 5002(a)(8).
For the definition of articles, see section 5002(a)(14).
For penalty for violation of subsection (a), see section 5605.
Prior Provisions

Provisions similar to those comprising this section were contained in prior section 5213, act Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 639, prior to the general revision of this chapter by Pub. L. 85–859.


1979—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 96–39, § 807(a)(40)(A), substituted “section 5002(a)(8)” for “section 5002(a)(6)”.

Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 96–39, § 807(a)(40)(B), substituted “section 5002(a)(14)” for “section 5002(a)(11)”.

1976—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 94–455 struck out “or his delegate” after “Secretary” wherever appearing.

Effective Date of 1979 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–39 effective Jan. 1, 1980, see section 810 of Pub. L. 96–39, set out as a note under section 5001 of this title.

Effective Date

Section effective July 1, 1959, see section 210(a)(1) of Pub. L. 85–859, set out as a note under section 5001 of this title.

Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms