A. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, all cigarettes on which a tax is imposed by this chapter shall be placed in packages or containers, and on each package or container shall be affixed an official stamp described in section 42-3455.  An affixed stamp shall be evidence that the taxes levied by sections 42-3052, 42-3251 and 42-3251.01 are paid.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 42-3456

  • affixed: include imprinting tax meter stamps on packages and individual containers as authorized by the department. See Arizona Laws 42-3001
  • Cigarette: means either of the following:

    (a) Any roll of tobacco wrapped in paper or any substance not containing tobacco. See Arizona Laws 42-3001

  • Department: means the department of revenue. See Arizona Laws 42-1001
  • Distributor: means any person that manufactures, produces, ships, transports or imports into this state or in any manner acquires or possesses for the purpose of making the first sale of the following:

    (a) Cigarettes without Arizona tax stamps affixed as required by this article. See Arizona Laws 42-3001

  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Luxury: means any article, object or device on which a tax is imposed under this chapter. See Arizona Laws 42-3001
  • Person: means any individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, corporation, municipal corporation, estate, trust, club, society or other group or combination acting as a unit, and the plural as well as the singular number. See Arizona Laws 42-3001
  • Process: means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Retailer: means any person that comes into possession of any luxury subject to the taxes imposed by this chapter for the purpose of selling it for consumption and not for resale. See Arizona Laws 42-3001
  • Tobacco products: means all luxuries included in section 42-3052, paragraphs 5 through 9. See Arizona Laws 42-3001
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215

B. Distributors are liable for affixing official stamps or otherwise applying tax indicia to cigarettes that are subject to a tax imposed by this chapter. A licensed distributor shall apply a stamp to each package of cigarettes that is sold or distributed in this state and that is subject to tax under this chapter, including cigarettes that are subject to tax under section 42-3302.  A licensed distributor shall apply a tax exempt stamp to cigarette packages that are not subject to tax under section 42-3304, subsection A, paragraph 2.

C. Cigarettes that are sold, distributed or transferred by a distributor licensed pursuant to section 42-3401 to sell cigarettes are required to have affixed the luxury stamps described in section 42-3455 at the time the cigarettes are sold, distributed or transferred to another licensed distributor.

D. Notwithstanding subsection C of this section, a licensed distributor can submit a written request in the form and manner prescribed by the department in rule or procedure to sell, distribute or transfer unstamped cigarettes to another licensed distributor.  Once an accurate and complete request is submitted to the department, the department will approve or deny the request as prescribed in rule or procedure within ten days of receipt of the request.

E. Cigarettes that are exempt from tax under 26 United States Code section 5704 and that are distributed according to federal regulations are not subject to tax and do not require a stamp under this chapter.

F. A retailer shall not offer for sale cigarettes in quantities that are not packaged as such for sale by the manufacturer.

G. Distributors may apply stamps only to cigarette packages that the distributors have directly received from a licensed distributor, manufacturer or importer.

H. For the purposes of this section:

1. "Importer" means a person who has received approval from the federal alcohol and tobacco tax and trade bureau to directly or indirectly import finished tobacco products into the United States for sale or distribution, pursuant to 26 United States Code section 5712 and 27 Code of Federal Regulations part 41.

2. "Manufacturer" means a person who has received approval from the federal alcohol and tobacco tax and trade bureau to manufacture, fabricate, assemble, process or label finished tobacco products, pursuant to 26 United States Code section 5712 and 27 Code of Federal Regulations part 40.