Section 45-33-242.01Tax to be added to sales price of cigarettes; enforcement.
(a) Upon September 20, 1991, the county commission is authorized to levy on every person, firm, corporation, club, or association that sells or stores or receives for the purpose of distribution in Hale County any cigarettes shall add the amount of the license or privilege tax levied and assessed herein to the price of the cigarettes, it being the purpose and intent of this provision that the tax levied is, in fact, a levy on the consumer with the person, firm, corporation, club, or association, who sells or stores or receives for the purpose of distributing the cigarettes, acting merely as agent for the collection of the tax. The dealer, storer, or distributor shall state the amount of the tax separately from the price of the cigarettes on all price display signs, sales or delivery slips, bills, and statements which advertise or indicate the price of the cigarettes.
(b) It shall be the duty of the County Commission of Hale County to enforce this subpart. Upon its imposing the tax herein provided for, the Hale County Commission, its members or agents, shall have the right to examine the books, reports, and accounts of every dealer, storer, or distributor engaged in the business for which the tax is herein levied, and to make any and all rules and regulations necessary and proper for the collection of such tax. Provided, that upon resolution by the Hale County Commission, the State Department of Revenue is hereby authorized and directed to collect all such county tobacco taxes now or hereafter levied by the county under this subpart, and further, the resolution shall be received and accepted by the State Department of Revenue at least two months prior to the effective date of the collection and administration of the tax or taxes by the Department of Revenue as set by the Hale County Commission.
(c) It shall be unlawful for any dealer, storer, or distributor engaged in or continuing in Hale County in the business for which the tax is hereby levied to fail or refuse to add to the sales price and collect from the purchaser the amount due on account of the tax herein provided or to refund or offer to refund all or any part of the amount collected or to absorb or advertise directly or indirectly the absorption of the tax or any portion thereof. Any person, firm, corporation, club, or association violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100) or imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 60 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each act in violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
(Act 91-783, p. 170, §2.)