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Rs 47:851 Dealers Receiving Unstamped And/Or Nontax Paid Cigarettes, Cigars, And Smoking Tobaccos Required To File Monthly Reports And Maintain Records; Vending Machine Restrictions

§851. Monthly reports required; dealers receiving unstamped cigarettes, cigars, and smoking

tobaccos; dealers receiving certain items for which taxes are not paid; vending

machine restrictions

A. General requirements. All purchases of cigars, cigarettes, and smoking tobaccos

by any tobacco dealer shall be evidenced by an invoice from the seller correctly showing the

date of the purchase and the quantity of each of said articles purchased by said dealer. Every

tobacco dealer shall, at the time of shipping or delivering any cigars, cigarettes, or smoking

tobaccos, make a true duplicate invoice of the same which shall show full and complete

details of the sale or delivery of the taxable article and shall retain the same subject to the use

and inspection of the secretary of revenue and taxation or his authorized representative until

the taxes to which they relate have prescribed. Tobacco dealers shall also keep a record of

all cigarettes, cigars, and smoking tobaccos purchased by them, and hold all books, records,

and memoranda pertaining to the purchase and sale of such cigars, cigarettes, and smoking

tobaccos open to the inspection of the secretary of revenue and taxation or his authorized

representative.

B. Registered tobacco dealers and stamping agents.

(1) Each and every designated stamping agent in accordance with R.S. 26:902(2)(a)

receiving unstamped cigarettes shall file a report with the secretary of the Department of

Revenue on forms prescribed and furnished by the secretary showing the purchase, receipt

and sale of unstamped taxable cigarettes, and the purchase and use of cigarette tax stamps.

The report shall be submitted to cover the calendar month and shall be filed with the

secretary not later than the twentieth day of the month following the end of the previous

calendar month. The report shall certify that the report is complete and accurate and shall

contain, in addition to any further information that the secretary or the attorney general may

reasonably require, the following:

(a) The total number of cigarettes acquired by the stamping agent during that month

for sale into the state or for sale from this state into another state, sold in or into the state by

the stamping agent during that month, and held in inventory in the state or for the sale into

the state by the stamping agent pursuant to this Chapter and R.S. 13:5075, in each case

identifying by name and number of cigarettes the manufacturer and brand families of those

cigarettes.

(b) The total number of stamps it affixed during that month, and identifying (i) how

many of each type of stamp it affixed by number and dollar amount of tax paid; (ii) the total

number of cigarettes contained in the packages to which it affixed each respective type of tax

stamp; and (iii) by name and number of cigarettes, the manufacturers and brand families of

the packages to which it affixed each respective type of tax stamp.

(c) In the case of a stamping agent that is an importer, reports under Subparagraph

(a) of this Paragraph shall not include cigarettes it sold to a stamping agent as permitted

under R.S. 26:902(2)(a) and that it separately reports pursuant to R.S. 13:5075.

(2) Any person that during a month acquired, purchased, sold, possessed, transferred,

transported, or caused to be transported in or into the state cigarettes of a manufacturer or

brand family that were not on the state directory at the time shall file, not later than the

twentieth day of the month following the end of the previous calendar month, a report on a

form provided by the secretary and certify that the report is complete and accurate. The

report shall contain, in addition to any further information that the secretary or the attorney

general may reasonably require, the following information:

(a) The total number of those cigarettes, in each case identifying by name and

number of cigarettes (i) the manufacturer of those cigarettes, (ii) the brand families of those

cigarettes, (iii) in the case of a sale or transfer, the state in which the recipient of those

cigarettes is located, and (iv) in the case of an acquisition or purchase, the state of the seller

or sender of those cigarettes.

(b) The following shall be provided to the attorney general or secretary upon request:

in the case of acquisition, purchase, or possession, the detail of the person's subsequent sale

or transfer of those cigarettes, identifying by name and number of cigarettes (i) the brand

families of those cigarettes, (ii) the date of the sale or transfer, (iii) the name and address of

the recipient, (iv) the number of stamps of each other state that the person affixed to the

packages containing those cigarettes during that month, (v) the total number of cigarettes

contained in the packages to which it affixed respective other state's stamp, (vi) by name and

number of cigarettes that manufacturers and brand families of the packages to which it

affixed each respective other state's stamp and (vii) a certification that it reported each sale

or transfer to the taxing authority of the other state not later than the twentieth day of the

month following the end of the previous calendar month.

(3) The secretary may share the information reported under this Section with any

federal, state, or local taxing agency or law enforcement authorities of this state or other

states.

(4)(a) Every registered tobacco dealer receiving and handling cigars and smoking

tobaccos in Louisiana upon which the tax has not been previously paid shall, within twenty

days after the expiration of each calendar month, file with the secretary a report, under oath,

of the total amount of such cigars and smoking tobaccos received and handled during the

preceding month, and shall pay the taxes due thereon, and all out-of-state Louisiana

registered tobacco dealers shall file a report, under oath, disclosing all sales of cigars and

smoking tobaccos in Louisiana during the preceding calendar month, and shall pay the taxes

due thereon. This report shall be made on forms prescribed and furnished by the secretary

and shall show such other information as the secretary may require so that the taxes levied

in R.S. 47:841 can be reported and computed.

(b) A five percent discount is allowable for timely and accurately filing the report

only on those purchases made by registered tobacco dealers in Louisiana who have a direct

purchasing contract with a manufacturer. The secretary shall allow wholesale tobacco

dealers of other states serving a trade area of retail dealers in this state who have a direct

purchasing contract with a manufacturer to sell in this state with the benefit of the discount

provided in this Section, provided the dealers meet the requirements of a wholesale dealer

as set forth in R.S. 47:842(5). The transfer or disposal by a qualified dealer of any benefit

herein conferred is prohibited except in the case of the original recipient.

(5) Failure to file the monthly report on or before the twentieth day of the following

month will subject the dealer to forfeiture of the discounts as authorized in R.S. 47:843 and

851 and all other penalties as provided in the administrative provisions in Chapter 18, Title

47, however, the collector can upon timely application extend this date in his discretion upon

cause shown.

C. Vending machine operators. (1) Every tobacco product vending machine operator

shall keep a detailed record, including the purchase invoice, of each vending machine

showing the date the machine was purchased or acquired, the source from which the machine

was acquired, the correct make, model, and serial number, and capacity as to the number of

cartons of cigarettes. Detailed records shall be kept showing the location of each machine

and the date of placing the machine on location. Vending machine operators shall keep a

record of the purchase and receipt of all cigars, cigarettes, and smoking tobacco purchased

by them and hold all books, records, and memoranda pertaining to the sale of such cigars,

cigarettes, and smoking tobaccos open to the inspection of the collector or his duly

authorized agent.

(2) In accordance with R.S. 14:91.8(D), vending machine operators shall affix a sign

or sticker in not less than 22-point type on the front of each machine stating, "LOUISIANA

LAW PROHIBITS THE SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE

PRODUCTS, OR VAPOR PRODUCTS TO PERSONS UNDER AGE 18".

D. A nonresident tobacco dealer shall maintain invoices correctly showing the date,

quantity, recipient, manufacturer, and brand of cigars, cigarettes, and smoking tobaccos sold

by the dealer for distribution in or into the state of Louisiana. The nonresident tobacco dealer

shall keep stock affixed with a Louisiana tax stamp separate and apart from the remainder

of the dealer's stock. Every nonresident tobacco dealer shall, at the time of shipping or

delivering any cigars, cigarettes, or smoking tobaccos in or into the state of Louisiana, make

a true duplicate invoice of the same which shall show full and complete details of the sale

or delivery of the taxable article and shall retain the same subject to the use and inspection

of the collector for the period of two years. Nonresident tobacco dealers shall also keep a

record of all cigarettes, cigars and smoking tobaccos purchased by them for distribution

within the state of Louisiana, and hold all books, records and memoranda pertaining to the

purchase and sale of such cigars, cigarettes, and smoking tobaccos open to the inspection of

the collector.

E. Out-of-state sales reports. Any person that sells cigarettes from this state into

another state shall, by the twentieth day of the month following the month in which the sales

were made, file a report on a form to be prescribed by the secretary and shall provide a

duplicate report to the attorney general and certify that the report is complete and accurate.

(1) The report shall contain the following information:

(a) The total number of cigarettes sold from this state into another state by the dealer

during that month, identifying by name and number of cigarettes; (i) the manufacturer of

those cigarettes; (ii) the brand families of those cigarettes; and, (iii) the name and address of

each recipient of those cigarettes.

(b) The number of stamps of each other state the dealer affixed to the packages

containing those cigarettes during that month, the total number of cigarettes contained in

packages to which it affixed each respective other state's stamp and, by name and number of

cigarettes, the manufacturers and brand families of the packages to which it affixed each

respective other state's stamp.

(c) If the dealer sold cigarettes during that month from this state into another state

in packages not bearing a stamp of the other state, (i) the total number of cigarettes contained

in such packages, identifying by names and number of cigarettes, the manufacturers of those

cigarettes, the brand families of those cigarettes, and the name and address of each recipient

of those cigarettes; (ii) the dealer's basis for belief that such state permits the sale of the

cigarettes to consumers in a package not bearing a stamp; and, (iii) the amount of excise, use

or similar tax imposed on the cigarettes and paid by the dealer to such state.

F. Information sharing. The secretary may share the information provided in

Subsection E of this Section, upon request, with any federal, state, or local taxing agency or

law enforcement authorities of this state or other states.

Amended by Acts 1950, No. 18, §1; Acts 1974, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1975; Acts

1980, No. 135, §2; Acts 1983, No. 164, §2, eff. June 24, 1983; Acts 1991, No. 114, §1. Acts

1984, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 14, §2, eff. March 27, 1984; Acts 1991, No. 114, §1; Acts 2006, No.

454, §2, eff. June 15, 2006; Acts 2007, No. 474, §1; Acts 2013, No. 221, §3; Acts 2014, No.

278, §3, eff. May 28, 2014; Acts 2016, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 5, §1, eff. April 1, 2016; Acts 2016,

No. 640, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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