(a) Any person, other than a licensed distributor or a licensed unclassified importer, who knowingly manufactures, purchases, imports, receives or acquires any tobacco products upon which no tax has been paid in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, shall be fined not more than seven hundred fifty dollars or imprisoned for not more than three months, or both, for each offense. Each day of any such unauthorized operation may be deemed a separate offense.

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 12-330f

  • Distributor: means (A) any person in this state engaged in the business of manufacturing tobacco products, (B) any person who purchases untaxed tobacco products at wholesale from manufacturers or other distributors for sale, or (C) any person who imports into this state untaxed tobacco products, at least seventy-five per cent of which are to be sold. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-330a
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • person: means any individual, partnership, company, limited liability company, public or private corporation, society, association, trustee, executor, administrator or other fiduciary or custodian. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-1
  • sell: includes or applies to gifts, exchanges and barter. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-330a
  • Tobacco products: means any product, regardless of form, that is made from or otherwise contains tobacco, but shall not include any cigarette, as defined in §. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-330a
  • Unclassified importer: means any person, other than a distributor, who imports, receives or acquires untaxed tobacco products from outside this state for his or her personal use or consumption in this state. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-330a

(b) No distributor or unclassified importer shall sell, offer for sale, display for sale or possess with intent to sell, any tobacco products upon which no tax has been paid in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, provided a licensed distributor or unclassified importer may keep on hand, at the location for which such distributor’s or importer’s license is issued, tobacco products upon which no such tax has been paid for a period not exceeding forty-one days. Any tobacco products in the possession of a distributor or unclassified importer shall be presumed to have been held by such distributor or importer for more than forty-one days unless proof is shown to the contrary. Any person who knowingly violates any provision of this subsection shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

(c) (1) Any person, whether or not previously convicted of violation of any provision of this section, who transports for sale, sells or offers for sale tobacco products upon which a tax of two thousand five hundred dollars or more would be due under the provisions of this chapter, but upon which no tax has been paid, and (2) any person, whether or not previously convicted of violation of any provision of this section, who wilfully attempts to evade the taxes imposed by this chapter, or the payment thereof on tobacco products upon which a tax of two thousand five hundred dollars or more would be due but upon which no tax has been paid, shall be guilty of a class C felony.