Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Distilled Spirits Credit
Attach to your tax return.
Go to www.irs.gov/Form8906 for the latest information.
OMB No. 1545-1982
Name(s) shown on return Identifying number
1 Total number of cases of distilled spirits (see instructions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2 Average tax-financing cost per case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Multiply line 1 by line 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4 Distilled spirits credit from partnerships and S corporations (see instructions) . . . . . . . 4
Add lines 3 and 4. Partnerships and S corporations, report this amount on Schedule K. All others,
report this amount on Form 3800, Part III, line 1n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless
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8906 and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they
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Purpose of Form
Use Form 8906 to claim the distilled spirits credit. The credit is
part of the general business credit.
Partnerships and S corporations must file this form to claim
the credit. All other taxpayers are not required to complete or
file this form if their only source for this credit is a partnership or
S corporation. Instead, they can report this credit directly on line
1n in Part III of Form 3800, General Business Credit.
How To Figure the Credit
Generally, the credit for the tax year is figured by multiplying the
number of cases of bottled distilled spirits purchased or stored
during the tax year by the average tax-financing cost per case
for the most recent calendar year ending before the beginning of
the tax year. See the instructions for line 1 below.
If you are an eligible wholesaler, enter the number of cases of
distilled spirits that were bottled in the United States and
purchased by you during the tax year directly from the bottler of
the spirits. An eligible wholesaler is any person who holds a
permit under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act as a
wholesaler of distilled spirits and is not a state or political
subdivision thereof, or an agency of either.
If you are not an eligible wholesaler, but you are subject to
section 5005, enter the number of cases of bottled distilled
spirits which are stored in a warehouse operated by, or on
behalf of, a state or any political subdivision thereof, or an
agency of either, and for which title has not passed on an
unconditional sale basis.
For purposes of this line, a case consists of twelve 80-proof
750-milliliter bottles. For any lot of distilled spirits that does not
consist of cases of 80-proof 750-milliliter bottles, figure the
number of cases in the lot as follows.
1. Divide the number of liters in the lot by 9.
2. Multiply the result by a fraction, the numerator of which is
the stated proof of the lot and the denominator of which is 80.
3. The result is the number of cases in the lot.
Example. You purchased a lot of ninety 500-milliliter bottles
of 150-proof rum. The number of liters in the lot is 45 (0.5 liters x
90). Divide 45 by 9 and the result is 5. Multiply 5 by 150/80
(1.875). The result is 9.375, which is the number of cases in the
Enter total distilled spirits credits from:
• Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income,
Deductions, Credits, etc., box 15 (code P); and
• Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S), Shareholder's Share of Income,
Deductions, Credits, etc., box 13 (code P).
Partnerships and S corporations report the above credits on line
4. All other filers figuring a separate credit on earlier lines also
report the above credits on line 4. All others not using earlier
lines to figure a separate credit can report the above credits
directly on Form 3800, Part III, line 1n.
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The time needed to complete and file this form will vary
depending on individual circumstances. The estimated burden
for individual and business taxpayers filing this form is approved
under OMB control number 1545-0074 and 1545-0123 and is
included in the estimates shown in the instructions for their
individual and business income tax return. The estimated
burden for all other taxpayers who file this form is shown below.
Recordkeeping . . . . . . . . . . . 1 hr., 25 min.
Learning about the law or the form . . . . . . . 12 min.
Preparing and sending the form to the IRS . . . . 13 min.
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time
estimates or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would
be happy to hear from you. See the instructions for the tax
return with which this form is filed.
Cat. No. 37715M
Form 8906 (2018)