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Title 7 : Alcoholic Beverages, Cannabis, and Tobacco


(Cite as: 7 V.S.A. § 4)
  • § 4. Nonprofit organizations; alcoholic beverage auctions; fundraising

    (a) A nonprofit organization qualified for tax exempt status pursuant to Section 501(c) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended, in the discretion of the Commissioner, may auction alcoholic beverages to the public without a license, provided that:

    (1) Prior to the auction, the organization provides written notification of the auction accompanied by documentation of its nonprofit status satisfactory to the Commissioner.

    (2) The Commissioner approves the organization's nonprofit qualifications and the organization's proposal to auction alcoholic beverages.

    (3) The profits from the auctioned beverages are used solely for the expenses of the nonprofit organization related to conducting the auction or for the nonprofit purposes of the organization.

    (b) A person who donates alcoholic beverages to a nonprofit organization for an auction under this section is not required to be licensed under this title.

    (c) A licensee under this title may donate alcoholic beverages to a nonprofit organization pursuant to this section, provided the licensee pays to the State all the taxes that would be due if the alcoholic beverages had been sold in the course of the licensee's business.

    (d) If an auction under this section is conducted on the premises of a licensee under this title, beverages donated for auction may be given and accepted without including the beverages on the licensee's invoice.

    (e) A purchaser of beverages auctioned by a nonprofit organization pursuant to this section shall not be responsible for payment of any sales tax. (Added 2005, No. 40, § 1, eff. June 2, 2005; amended 2017, No. 83, § 4.)