Section 45-32-247


Published: 2015

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Section 45-32-247

Section 45-32-247Levy of tax.

(a)(1) The Greene County Commission is hereby authorized to impose upon every person, firm, or corporation who sells, stores, delivers, uses, or otherwise consumes tobacco or certain tobacco products in Greene County a county privilege, license, or excise tax up to the following amounts:



a. Five cents ($0.05) for each package of cigarettes, made of tobacco or any substitute therefor.



b. Five cents ($0.05) for each cigar of any description made of tobacco or any substitute therefor.



c. Five cents ($0.05) for each sack, can, package, or other container of smoking tobacco, including granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other kinds and forms of tobacco which is prepared in such manner as to be suitable for smoking in a pipe or cigarette.



d. Five cents ($0.05) for each sack, plug, package, or other container of chewing tobacco, which tobacco is prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing only and not suitable for smoking as described in paragraph c.



e. Five cents ($0.05) for each can, bottle, glass, tumbler, package, or other container of snuff made of tobacco or any substitute therefor.



(2) The privilege, license, or excise tax shall be in addition to all other taxes heretofore imposed by law.



(3) Provided, however, when the license tax hereby required to be paid shall have been paid by a wholesaler or seller of cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products, such payment shall be sufficient, the intent being that such license tax hereby required to be paid shall be paid but once on each package of cigarettes and on each cigar.



(b) Upon adoption by the Greene County Commission, every person, firm, corporation, club, or association that sells or stores or receives for the purpose of distribution in Greene County any cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products shall add the amount of the license or privilege tax levied and assessed herein to the price of the cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products, 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, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products, 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, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and the tobacco products, on all price display signs, sales or delivery slips, bills, and statements which advertise or indicate the price of the cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products. It shall be unlawful for any dealer, storer, or distributor engaged in or continuing in Greene 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 subsection 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 subsection shall constitute a separate offense.



(c) The tax hereby authorized shall be paid by affixing stamps as is required for the payment of the tax imposed by Section 40–25–1 to Section 40–25–28, inclusive. The State Department of Revenue shall have the same duties relative to the preparation and sale of stamps to evidence the payment of such tax that it has relative to the preparation and sale of stamps under those sections and may exercise the same powers and perform the same duties in the same manner relative to the collection of the tax hereby levied that it does relative to the collection of that tax.



(d) The State Department of Revenue is hereby authorized to promulgate and enforce rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this section. All such rules and regulations duly promulgated shall have the force and effect of law.



(e) All laws, and rules and regulations of the Department of Revenue, relating to the manner and time of payment of the tax levied by Section 40–25–1 to Section 40–25–28, inclusive, requiring reports from dealers and prescribing penalties for violations shall apply with equal force to the tax levied by this section as fully as if set out herein.



(f) The proceeds from the tax hereby authorized, less the actual costs of collection not to exceed 10 per centum shall be paid by the State Department of Revenue into the county general fund of Greene County to be expended as follows:



(1) Fifty percent for economic development within Greene County.



(2) Fifty percent for capital outlay within Greene County.



(g) None of the provisions of this section shall be applied in such manner as to be in violation of the commerce or other clauses of the federal or state constitution.



(h) This statute shall not be construed to apply to cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products stored by a wholesale dealer for the purpose of resale or reshipment outside of such counties which are actually resold or reshipped.

(Act 87-547, p. 838, §§1-7.)