DRS: SN 93(5.1), 1993 Legislation Affecting Licensed Cigarette Distributors

 

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SERVICES

450 Columbus Blvd
Hartford CT 06103

This Special Notice has been superseded by SN 94(3)

SN 93(5.1)

1993 Legislation Affecting Licensed Cigarette Distributors


BACKGROUND:  On May 27, 1993, the Department issued SN 93(5) to describe two recently enacted public acts.  This Special Notice supersedes SN 93(5).   It corrects information in ELIMINATION OF CIGARETTE VENDING MACHINE DEALER'S LICENSE concerning the type of license that is needed by a person operating and servicing 25 or more cigarette vending machines.


PURPOSE: The purpose of this Special Notice is to describe two recently enacted public acts increasing the cigarette tax rate; imposing a tax on the cigarette inventory of licensed cigarette distributors and dealers; providing for the sale of heat-applied cigarette tax decals; discontinuing cigarette metering machine usage after January 1, 1995; eliminating the cigarette vending machine dealer's license as a separate license category for which an additional license fee must be paid; and providing for the filing of the monthly cigarette tax report by the 25th day (rather than the 10th day) of the following month.


STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1993 Conn. Pub. Acts 15, amending Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-286, 12-287, 12-288, 12-291, 12-291a, 12-293a, 12-298 and 12-299, and 1993 Conn. Pub. Acts 74, amending Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-296 and 12-316.


EFFECTIVE DATE:  July 1, 1993, except as otherwise noted.


TAX RATE INCREASE: The cigarette tax rate will increase from 22.5 mills to 23.5 mills per cigarette on July 1, 1993 and 23.5 mills to 25.0 mills per cigarette on July 1, 1994.

Tax on Following Quantity before 7/1/93 7/1/93 to 6/30/94 on or after 7/1/94
Carton - 10 packs per carton (20s) $4.50 $4.70 $5.00
Carton - 10 packs per carton (25s) $5.625 $5.875 $6.25
Carton - 8 packs per carton (25s) $4.50 $4.70 $5.00
Pack - 20 cigarettes per pack $0.45 $0.47 $0.50
Pack - 25 cigarettes per pack $0.5625 $0.5875 $0.625
 

TAX ON CIGARETTE INVENTORY AS OF JUNE 30, 1993:  1993 Conn. Pub. Acts 74, 25 imposes a tax on the stamped cigarette inventory as of the close of business on June 30, 1993 (or at midnight, if the business closes past then) of all licensed cigarette distributors.

Failure of any cigarette distributor to file not later than August 1, 1993 a Form AU-930 (or Form AU-931, for cigarette vending machine dealers) will be sufficient reason to revoke the distributor's license.  Also cigarettes on which the inventory tax has not been paid are contraband subject to seizure by the Department, and distributors selling, offering for sale, displaying for sale or possessing with intent to sell cigarettes not bearing stamps evidencing proper payment of the cigarette tax are subject to criminal prosecution.


CIGARETTE TAX HEAT-APPLIED DECALS:  On and after July 1, 1993, the Department will be selling heat-applied cigarette tax decals for pack of 20 cigarettes at its main office and all its field offices (other than East Hartford).  The price to licensed cigarette distributors per roll of 30,000 heat-applied decals for packs of 20 cigarettes will be $13,959 ($14,100 less the 1% discount allowed to distributors).   The Department will continue to sell water-applied cigarette tax stamps, but at its main office only.


HEAT APPLIED DECALS:

Size of Pack Color Denomination Sold in Rolls of
20s Green $0.47 30,000
25s Blue $0.5875 3,600

WATER-APPLIED STAMPS:

Size of Pack Color Denomination
10s Yellow $0.235
20s Green $0.47
25s Blue $0.5875
 

DISCONTINUANCE OF METERING MACHINE USAGE:  Because Pitney Bowes, the sole manufacturer and repairer of cigarette metering machines, is discontinuing its manufacture and repair of such machines, those machines shall no longer be used on or after January 1, 1995.  From that point on, only heat-applied decals and water-applied stamps may be used.


ELIMINATION OF CIGARETTE VENDING MACHINE DEALER'S LICENSE:   Persons operating and servicing fewer than 25 cigarette vending machines will be required to apply for and be issued a cigarette distributor's license under Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-288.  The annual fee for a cigarette distributor's license is $1,000.   They will no longer be required to apply for a cigarette vending machine dealer's license under the now-repealed Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-291.


LATER FILING DATE FOR MONTHLY CIGARETTE TAX REPORT:  Those cigarette distributors who are required to file a monthly cigarette tax report (Form CT-15 or Form CT-15A) may now file that report by the 25th day (rather than the 10th day) of the following month.


LICENSE TO BE CONSPICUOUSLY DISPLAYED:  Each distributor's license must be conspicuously displayed on the premises that is covered by the license.


EXCHANGE OF STAMPS AND CONVERSION OF METERS:  The Department will contact by telephone each licensed distributor to arrange a time and place at which the distributor may exchange water-applied cigarette tax stamps at the old tax rate for water-applied cigarette tax stamps or heat-applied cigarette tax decals at the new tax rate and to make a comparable conversion of cigarette metering machines.

At the time of that telephone call, the Department will inquire about the number of water-applied stamps and the number of heat-applied decals (in multiples of 3,600 for packs of 25 cigarettes and in multiples of 30,000 for packs of 20 cigarettes) that the distributor intends to order and whether the distributor intends to discontinue use of a cigarette metering machine.

Distributors must thoroughly clean the ink reservoir on their metering machine just before the appointed hour.  Black ink that is left in the reservoir will create an old tax rate impression, even after the metering machine is converted to the new tax rate.   Upon the conversion of each metering machine, the distributor will be issued new ink books, rollers and two pints of purple ink.


PURCHASES:  At the appointed time and place for exchange of stamps and conversion of metering machinery, the distributor must be ready to hand a properly completed order form (Form OR-252):

For water-applied stamps and heat-applied decals equaling what was previously ordered over the telephone. A separate Form OR-252 must be used for each type; orders for both types should not be combined on one Form OR-252.  The old tax rate should be crossed off and the new tax rate written in on the Form OR-252.  The distributor must sign the Form OR-252.

For metering machine impressions. If the distributor has more than one metering machine, conversion of all machines must be at the same time and place.  A separate Form OR-252 must be used for each machine.  The old tax rate should be crossed off and the new tax rate written in on the Form OR-252.  The distributor must sign the Form OR-252.


CREDITS:  At the appointed time and place for crediting previously purchased stamps and metering machine impressions, the distributor must be ready to hand in a properly completed invoice for credit (Form OR-252):

For previously purchased water-applied stamps at the old tax rate.  The distributor must sign the Form OR-252.  Upon verifications, credits may be available on the same day to purchase stamps, decals or meter impressions.

For previously purchased metering machine impressions at the old rate.  If the distributor has more than one metering machine, conversion of all machines must be at the same time and place.  A separate Form OR-252 must be used for each machine.  The distributor must sign the Form OR-252.  Upon verification, credits may be available on the same day to purchase stamps, decals or meter impressions.


EFFECT OF THIS DOCUMENT: A Special Notice is a document that announces a new policy or practice in response to changes in State or federal laws or regulations or to judicial decisions. A Special Notice indicates the Department's informal interpretation of Connecticut tax law and may be referred to for general guidance by taxpayers or tax practitioners.


PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NEW INFORMATION ABOUT DRS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: To order forms and publications or for further information, call the Department of Revenue Services at 860-297-5962 (Hartford area or out-of-state) or 1-800-382-9463 (in-state). Forms and publications may be ordered through voice-mail 24-hours a day by choosing Option 3 on your touch tone telephone.

Electronic Delivery Options: You can also obtain tax forms and publications 24-hours a day from our Web home page at http://www.ct.gov/drs. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD/TT) users only call 860-297-4911 during business hours.


SN 93(5.1)
Cigarette Tax
Issued: 6/10/93