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We are experts in the cider, beer, wine and spirits industries.

We combine a keen understanding of government regulations in the United States and internationally with absolute reliability and accessibility. We have valuable contacts with key government officials – We utilize these connections to benefit our clients.

We enthusiastically represent companies of all sizes and work aggressively to protect their interests. We are proud of the long-term relationships we have formed.

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At Holtzclaw Compliance we make a commitment of exceptional service to every client.

 

We take care of all the regulatory hassles so our clients can focus on what’s most important — growing their businesses.

We are here to help.

Liz Holtzclaw – Principal
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Mallory Wilhite- Compliance Specialist
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Rodrigo Arroyo- Compliance Specialist
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Our staff has hands-on experience in federal and state tax reporting, audits, and licensing. We are also versed in federal and state labeling requirements, product registration, ownership changes, import and export documentation, and direct shipping and 3-tier reporting.

Services

Two decades of experience

Liz Holtzclaw, the principal of Holtzclaw Compliance, has more than two decades of experience dealing with federal, state and international rules and regulations in the alcoholic beverage industry. Each day, we work with wineries, breweries, distillers, distributors, and importers/exporters on a range of critical issues. As a company we are recognized as experts in the following areas:

TTB audit services

Liz Holtzclaw is the nation’s leading expert in representing clients facing audits conducted by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the federal agency that regulates the alcoholic beverages industry. Her services include data reconstruction, audit defense, and amendment creation and filing.

Federal reporting and tax processing

Every winery, distillery, and brewery is mandated to file regular operations and production reports with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). They also must file and pay federal excise tax. At Holtzclaw Compliance, we take responsibility for meeting all those requirements. We also assist with operations, inventory reports, export reports, and file claims for excess losses.

California reporting and tax processing

We make sure our clients meet all California requirements related to reporting Board of Equalization sales tax and excise tax. We also file refund claims when we believe our clients have overpaid their tax bills.

California audit representation

We aggressively represent clients who face Board of Equalization audits related to sales or excise taxes.

Licensing (new and modifications)

We handle all of our clients’ licensing needs at both the federal and state level. We file for direct shipping licenses, allowing clients to send their products directly to consumers in another state. We also take care of wholesale and importer licenses for clients. Our team can help with transfers and modifications of existing licenses if a company is sold or new owners or officers are added to the company.

Out-of-state reporting

Our clients can confidently do business across state lines thanks to the experts at Holtzclaw Compliance. Our experienced team is well-versed in what is required in all states that are open to direct to consumer and wholesale sales. We make sure all taxes and shipping reports are filed and paid on time.

 

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Label approvals

Labels for all products with 7% or more alcohol content must be approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). We are experts in the Certificates of Label Approval (COLA) process. We review labels for required elements, and then submit them to the TTB, staying on top of the review process. If a COLA application is initially rejected we provide defense for those labels, and file appeals or corrections.

Product registration

States have different rules that affect product and brand registration. We understand the numerous requirements, and make sure our clients are always in compliance. Our expertise in this area, and ability to coordinate with other aspects of our service, is a key advantage to our clients.

Trust account services

We offer trust accounts for our clients to maximize efficiency while assuring financial integrity and transparency. The accounts allow us to pay taxes, license fees, product registration fees, and other state mandated expenses on time, speeding up the approval process. We take care of everything; eliminating the need for clients to write multiple checks to various state and federal agencies.

On-site training

Holtzclaw Compliance will travel to a client’s facility and train key staff on how to maintain their required records, and how to complete key federal and state reports. It is another example of our personal service and commitment to each client.

 

 

Resources/FAQ

Washington, D.C.—The harrowing, time-consuming and absolutely essential task of winning label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) may become simpler starting today, when the bureau’s new form—with new regulations—takes effect.

After a lengthy process of industry consultation (including the Wine Institute’s Public Policy Committee), a public comment period and two months of required review by the Office of Management and Budget, the revised form for COLAs (certificate of label approvals) was scheduled to go live July 1.

Compliance pro Liz Holtzclaw provided Wines & Vines with her exclusive summary and analysis of the new regulations’ most impactful sections.

Here are answers from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
to common questions and compliance issues, regulations, and audits about beer, wine and distilled spirts:

Clients

Liz Holtzclaw and her team provide us with the knowledge, understanding and expertise surrounding the complexities of ongoing TTB and State compliance in both audit situations and as an on-going ad hoc service. She is as much a team member to our firm as our own employees, and views each issue as if this were her own winery.
- Dee Sortino, Executive Vice-President Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

 

I really enjoy working with Liz and her team, what started off as a single project, has turned into ongoing routine work.  They are efficient, pleasant to work with, and really know their compliance, from State, TTB and everything else in between!  I see our working relationship continuing to grow, BECAUSE they make compliance easy!  I am all for working with people who make my job easier!!!
- Natalie Scotto – Scotto Cellars in Lodi, CA

 

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Location


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Holtzclaw Compliance is located in Hughson, in the heart of California’s Central Valley.

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Liz Holtzclaw,
Principal

Liz brings more than 20 years of winery compliance expertise in everything from 500-case small wineries to multinational companies producing millions of cases per year. She has worked in the Paso Robles/Central Coast, Napa/Sonoma and Lodi wine-growing regions in California.

Liz founded Holtzclaw Compliance in May 2012. Since then, she has seen her business grow by leaps and bounds. She is the leading expert in the United States on federal regulatory compliance. Liz has successfully represented numerous clients during TTB audits, and has developed long-term relationships with leaders at the TTB in the labeling, regulatory, permitting and audit divisions.

Liz has been married to her husband Bryan for 26 years. Liz loves watching their teen-age daughter Rachel sing in the Hughson High School choir and compete as a member of the track and field team. In her spare time, Liz sings in a praise group, teaches a parenting class and is a lay leader at the Hughson United Methodist Church. Liz’s true joy is traveling; she has ventured to six continents, most recently Antarctica. She is a self-described foodie, who enjoys experiencing different cultures through their cuisines.

Liz.holtzclaw@Holtzclawcomp.com
(209)883-7031 office
(805)704-7800 mobile
www.linkedin.com/in/lizholtzclaw

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Rodrigo Arroyo,
Compliance Specialist

Rodrigo joined Holtzclaw Compliance after working for nine years at E & J Gallo Winery. He is extremely well versed in finance, supply chain management, and regulatory compliance. Rodrigo brings expertise in labeling, federal and state product registration, and the coordination of international health registrations.

Rodrigo has an associate’s degree in Information Technology from Heald College in Fresno, CA. As a student, he volunteered at the Boys 2 Men and Girls 2 Women Foundation – assisting with IT support and after school tutoring.

Rodrigo enjoys keeping up with the latest technological news. In his spare time, he also enjoys staying up-to date with the most recent advancements in the automotive industry. Rodrigo is a huge fan of the Sacramento Kings and the San Francisco 49ers. He stays active through many outdoor activities, such as hiking and mountain biking.

Rodrigo.arroyo@holtzclawcomp.com
(209)883-7031 office
(209)556-2607 mobile
www.linkedin.com/pub/rodrigo-arroyo/101/93b/648

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Mallory Wilhite,
Compliance Specialist

Mallory comes to Holtzclaw Compliance with 4 years of experience in wholesale compliance. Most recently, Mallory was with Delicato Family Vineyards where she handled wholesale reporting and brand registrations for major brands.

Mallory graduated from California State University, Fresno in December 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. She continues to be an active and supportive alumnus.

Mallory is a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan. She tries to make it to as many games each season as she can. In her spare time, Mallory enjoys playing in a local competitive co-ed volleyball league. Mallory is an avid traveler who enjoys exploring new destinations. She is also very close to her family and spends a lot of time enjoying their company.

Mallory.wilhite@holtzclawcomp.com
(209)883-7031 office
(209)471-1116 mobile
www.linkedin.com/pub/mallory-wilhite/23/205/59a

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