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  • I am located in Alabama and want to distribute cigars at wholesale in Alabama and to other states. I will receive these cigars from suppliers in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other states. What are my filing requirements?

I am located in Alabama and want to distribute cigars at wholesale in Alabama and to other states. I will receive these cigars from suppliers in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other states. What are my filing requirements?

Alabama Code Section 40-25-2 states that in addition to all other taxes of every kind imposed by law, every person, firm, corporation, club or association, within the State of Alabama who sells or stores or receives for the purpose of distribution to any person, firm, corporation, club or association, within the State of Alabama, cigars, cheroots, stogies . . . or any substitute therefor, shall pay to the State of Alabama a license or privilege tax. The distributor is responsible for filing a monthly state tobacco tax return and remitting the state tax on all untaxed cigars received for distribution. If the distributor wants to distribute tobacco products into another state, Alabama tax free, they must apply and qualify for a tobacco stamping permit (40-25-16) to become a qualified wholesaler. According to the provisions of Section 40-25-15, only a qualified wholesaler may sell tobacco products exempt from Alabama’s tobacco tax. Also, if the distributor distributes the cigars into a state-administered county, they must file a monthly county tobacco tax return, and pay the county tax for each county in which there was activity. Both returns and tax payments are collected by the Department of Revenue and are due by the twentieth of the month. (Section 40-25-15 provides for a nontaxable sale by a qualified wholesaler or jobber if the sale is to another state, the United States or any instrumentality of the United States, or ships engaged in foreign commerce or coastwise shipping between points in this state and points outside this state. However, the product may be taxable in the state into which it is distributed.)

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Once the lien has arisen, it will continue until the liability for the amount assessed is satisfied, released or becomes unenforceable by reason of lapse of time (i.e. 10 years from the date the lien is filed) (Code Sections 40-1-2, 40-29-20, and 49-29-21).

No. However, the cigarette tax stamp ordering system is not tied to consignment balances. Therefore, state consignment customers must be aware of their available consignment balance and place orders within their bond limit. Failure to do so will result in the stamp order being modified to accommodate the available balance.

The person or persons authorized by you to access MAT/submit your stamp order will receive a confirmation when they click on the “submit” button that the stamp order has been submitted to the Tobacco Tax Section. Once the order has been fulfilled, the invoice associated with the order will be available in MAT for viewing and payment, if applicable.

No, the system uses the system date that the order was created. Therefore, orders dated for the future are unavailable. If multiple orders are submitted on the same day before the 1 p.m. cut off, they will be processed for shipment that day; the related invoices would all have the same invoice and due dates.

We use FedEx shipping. There is an area on your order form where you can choose whether you want pickup, overnight or 2-day delivery. Please use this feature to let our staff know the preferred shipping method. If the FedEx account number is incorrect please make the necessary changes.

Once a “new line item” – your stamp type and quantity – has been saved to an order it can be edited by entering the correct count. You can also choose a new type from the drop down if you select the incorrect one.