Officials from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (“TTB”) will be giving a seminar on firearms and ammunition excise tax (“FAET”) at the 2019 SHOT Show.  The SHOT Show will be held January 22-25, 2019, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

TTB’s seminar will be geared toward new taxpayers, but information provided will be beneficial to all manufacturers and importers who pay FAET.  For readers not familiar with FAET, the tax is imposed on the manufacture/importation and sale of firearms, shells, and cartridges.  The tax rate is 10 percent of the sale price for pistols and revolvers, 11 percent for all other firearms, and 11 percent for shells and cartridges.  Information on FAET is available on TTB’s website at

Topics presented at the FAET seminar will include the following:

  • History/introduction to TTB and FAET
  • When does FAET apply?
  • What articles are subject to tax?
  • Overview of tax-exempt and tax-free sales
  • Overview of new tax return
  • Common errors

Ron King, Tax Chief at TTB, will be the primary presenter.  Mr. King will be assisted by Attorney-Advisor Daniel Peralta and FAET Regulations Specialist Jesse Longbrake.  All three TTB representatives will be available to answer questions at the seminar and at the TTB booth (#2422) during the SHOT Show.

The FAET  seminar will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.  It will be held at the Sands Expo Center, Lando 4202.

It has been a number of years since TTB has attended SHOT Show, and this is a great opportunity for manufacturers and importers to get first-hand advice from FAET experts. Taxpayers who cannot attend the seminar should visit TTB’s booth for answers to their FAET questions.  

This bulletin is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed or used as legal advice. Receipt of this bulletin does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Please contact me with questions about this bulletin at or (301)358-3553.