INDUSTRY NOTICE: Conduct your TABC compliance reports using AIMS
To: Holders of BW, BB, BC, BE, BF, BG, BQ, D, G, MB, N, NB, NE, P, Q, W, and X licenses and permits
Re: Voluntary compliance reporting for TABC-licensed businesses with Texas locations
Businesses with TABC-licensed and/or permitted locations in Texas may conduct a voluntary compliance report (aka self-inspection) of their Texas premises by using the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) beginning May 1, 2023.
TABC is launching a new method for you to conduct your annual compliance reports through AIMS. This replaces the mobile app that businesses previously used. Businesses will now conduct and file their annual reports by picking up their mobile device, opening either the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge app, and logging into AIMS — the same online system used by businesses to manage licenses, applications, excise taxes, and more. Compliance reports ask users a series of questions and prompt them to take photos to confirm they are following the applicable laws for their businesses.
What: Voluntary compliance reporting (self-inspection) period
When: May 1–Aug. 31, 2023
- Now: Make sure that you have an AIMS account with access to all of the licenses and permits you hold or help manage. Need help? Visit our How To Use AIMS page.
- On May 1, 2023: Access the compliance reporting feature in AIMS and begin filing reports for your Texas premises. You have until Aug. 31, 2023, to complete your voluntary compliance reports.
- Get help with the compliance reporting feature: TABC will have guides on our website to help businesses conduct their compliance reports in AIMS.
- After completing your voluntary compliance report: No further action is necessary until Jan. 1, 2024. Your new mandatory compliance reporting period will be Jan. 1–March 31 each year. TABC will send additional communications leading up to the 2024 mandatory compliance reporting period.
Why should my business take part in the optional compliance reporting period?
There are several reasons to take part, including to:
- Get to know the new compliance reporting system.
- Troubleshoot any potential issues you may encounter with filing a self-inspection before the next required reporting period.
- Ensure your business is following applicable laws.
Why is this compliance reporting period optional?
TABC is providing an optional period to allow businesses time to familiarize themselves with compliance reporting through AIMS.
Will compliance reporting be required again in the future?
Yes, the next required compliance reporting period is tentatively scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2024.
Is there anything I can do now to prepare?
Yes. First, ensure that you are a Prime user in the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) account associated with the business you represent. Then, identify the name and email of the person that you would like to complete the compliance report for each business location you represent. Once the reporting period opens May 1, you will need this information to add these individuals as users with compliance reporting permissions for each location.
You can also prepare for compliance reporting by making sure the business has proper signs posted in the correct locations. To learn more, visit the TABC Sign Requirements page.
What is compliance reporting?
Compliance reporting is the process of conducting a self-inspection of a business in Texas.
TABC changed the reporting process in 2019 so that businesses could conduct a quick and easy inspection from their smartphones or other mobile device instead of an on-site visit from a TABC auditor.
Why didn’t I have to complete a compliance report last year?
Last year, TABC waived the compliance reporting requirement in order to decommission the old Compliance Reporting app and begin developing compliance reporting in AIMS.
Can I file my compliance report through the old Compliance Reporting app?
No. The previous Compliance Reporting app has been decommissioned and is no longer supported. Compliance reports will be available through AIMS and accessible through Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge on a mobile device.