2013 Arizona Revised Statutes
Title 42 - Taxation
§ 42-3201 Licenses


AZ Rev Stat § 42-3201 (through 1st Reg Sess 51st Leg. 2013) What's This?

42-3201. Licenses

A. Every distributor acquiring or possessing for the purpose of making the initial sale or distribution in this state of any tobacco products on which a tax is imposed by this chapter shall obtain from the department a license to sell tobacco products. The application for the license shall be in the form provided by the department and shall be accompanied by a fee of twenty-five dollars. The form shall state that the identity of the applicant may be posted to the department's web site for public inspection. The application for a license shall include the applicant's name and address, the applicant's principal place of business, locations where the applicant's business is conducted in this state and any other information required by the department. If the applicant is a firm, partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership or association, the applicant shall list the name and address of each of the applicant's members. If the applicant is a corporation, the application shall list the name and address of the applicant's officers and any person who directly or indirectly owns an aggregate amount of ten per cent or more of the ownership interest in the corporation. If a licensee changes its business location, the licensee under this subsection shall notify the department within thirty days after a change in location.

B. The department shall issue a license authorizing the applicant to acquire or possess tobacco products in this state upon the condition that the applicant complies with this chapter and the rules of the department. The license:

1. Shall be nontransferable.

2. Shall be valid for one year unless earlier revoked by the department.

3. Shall, for an applicant selling or offering for sale tobacco, cigarettes and cigars, be displayed in the applicant's place of business.

C. Except for cigarettes that are described in subsection I of this section, an individual who acquires or possesses unstamped cigarettes solely for that individual's own use or consumption in this state must register with the department on a form and in a manner prescribed by the department to remit taxes imposed by this chapter and chapter 5, article 4 of this title. The registration is free of charge. On registration, the individual must pay all applicable taxes imposed by this chapter and chapter 5, article 4 of this title and file on a form and in a manner prescribed by the department within ten calendar days after receipt of unstamped cigarettes.

D. An individual must be licensed as a cigarette distributor if the individual acquires or possesses unstamped cigarettes in this state for sale, barter or exchange or for any other purpose besides or in addition to that individual's own use or consumption.

E. A person who is convicted of an offense described in section 42-1127, subsection E is permanently ineligible to hold a license issued under this section.

F. The department may not issue or renew a license to an applicant and may revoke a license issued under subsection B of this section if any of the following applies:

1. The applicant owes one thousand dollars or more in delinquent cigarette taxes that are not under protest or subject to a payment agreement.

2. The department has revoked any license held by the applicant within the previous two years.

3. The applicant has been convicted of a crime that relates to stolen or counterfeit cigarettes.

4. The applicant has imported cigarettes into the United States for sale or distribution in violation of 19 United States Code section 1681a.

5. The applicant has imported cigarettes into the United States for sale or distribution without fully complying with the federal cigarette labeling and advertising act (P.L. 89-92; 79 Stat. 282; 15 United States Code section 1331).

6. The applicant is in violation of section 13-3711 or 36-798.06, subsection A.

7. Pursuant to section 44-7111, section 6(a), the applicant is in violation of section 44-7111, section 3(c).

G. In addition to any other civil or criminal penalty and except as otherwise provided in this section, the department may suspend or revoke a license issued under subsection B of this section if the person violates any requirement under this title more than two times within a three-year period. A suspension or revocation under this subsection shall comply with section 41-1092.11, subsection B.

H. The department shall publish on its website the names of each person who is issued a license under subsection B of this section. The department shall update the published names at least once each month.

I. Tobacco products that are ordered, purchased or transported in a violation of section 13-3711, 36-798.06 or 42-3210 or section 44-7111, section 3(c) or any other statute for which the tobacco products are subject to seizure and destruction are deemed contraband for which taxes that are imposed under this chapter cannot be reported and remitted.

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