Section 45-2-244.004Duties of cigarette wholesalers, jobbers, and retailers.
(a) It shall be the duty of each wholesale dealer or jobber who sells, stores, or delivers cigarettes to retail sellers in this county to affix to each package of cigarettes sold or delivered in the county the designated stamp. Each wholesaler or jobber who desires to do so may purchase the stamps from the county commission of the county at a 10 percent discount on the entire amount of sale when the purchases are made in quantities of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more. The discount allowed hereby will be compensation to the wholesale dealer or jobber for the cost of affixing the stamp to the cigarettes and for the keeping of the records required by this subpart. All other persons, except such wholesale dealers, or jobbers, must pay the full face amount for stamps, and no person, wholesaler, jobber, or dealer, shall be entitled to purchase any such number of the stamps as would cause the purchase price to include fraction of a cent. Between the first day and the tenth day of each calendar month, each wholesaler or jobber selling, storing, or delivering cigarettes for retail in this county, shall submit to the county commission on a form provided for the same by the county commission a sworn statement setting forth the amount of sales of cigarettes made in Baldwin County, Alabama, during the preceding calendar month, to whom the sales were made, and designating the sales as being within the city limits of the cities or towns located within the county, when such sales are made therein, or designating the sales as "rural" if sold outside of the city limits of the municipalities or towns located within the county.
(b) Each seller, "wholesaler, jobber, or retailer" shall keep complete records of all purchases, sales, receipts, inventories, and all other matters necessary to determine the correct amount of license tax of which he or she is liable. In the event a seller discontinues his or her business, he or she shall not dispose of his or her records without giving the county commission 30 days' notice in writing.
(c) The seller's records, books of accounts, bank deposit books, and bank statements shall be open, during reasonable hours at the place of business of the seller, for inspection and examination by the county commission, or its agent, or such other person as may be designated under any rule or regulation adopted and promulgated by the County Commission of Baldwin County, Alabama.
(d) In the event the amount of tax due by the seller cannot be accurately determined from the seller's monthly report, or if the seller does not keep adequate records, or if he or she refuses to allow an examination of his or her records, the amount of tax due may be determined from any other information or data available, and the amount of the tax so determined shall be assessed against seller. Notice of such assessment shall be given to the seller and a demand made for immediate payment.
(e) No person shall divulge any information obtained by him or her in the course of an inspection and examination of the records of any seller, except to a person duly authorized by the county or municipal governing body, the county attorney, or any others connected with the administration of this subpart, unless he or she is required to do so by an order of competent court.
(Act 80-613, p. 1044, §4; Act 2000-482, p. 915, §1.)