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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 61050]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )

PART 13. CIGARETTE TAX [30001 - 30483]

  ( Part 13 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1040. )

CHAPTER 4. Determinations [30181 - 30285]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1040. )

ARTICLE 2.5. Payment by Unlicensed Persons [30210 - 30215]
  ( Article 2.5 added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 890, Sec. 10. )


If any person becomes a cigarette or tobacco products distributor without first securing a license, the tax, and applicable penalties and interest, if any, become immediately due and payable on account of all cigarettes or tobacco products distributed. All cigarettes or tobacco products manufactured in this state or transported to this state, and no longer in the possession of the unlicensed distributor, are considered to have been distributed.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 890, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2004.)


The board shall forthwith ascertain as best it may the amount of the cigarettes or tobacco products distributed and shall determine immediately the tax on that amount, adding to the tax a penalty of 25 percent of the amount of tax or five hundred dollars ($500), whichever is greater, and shall give the unlicensed person notice of that determination per Section 30244 of the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law. However, where the board determines that the failure to secure a license was due to reasonable cause, the penalty may be waived. Sections 30242 and 30243 shall be applicable with respect to the finality of the determination and the right of the unlicensed person to petition for a redetermination.

Any person seeking to be relieved of the penalty shall file with the board a signed statement setting forth the facts upon which he or she bases the claim for relief. Any person who signs a statement pursuant to this section that asserts the truth of any material matter that he or she knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to one year in the county jail, or a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both the imprisonment and the fine.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 82, Sec. 9. Effective June 30, 2004.)


The board shall forthwith collect the tax, penalty, and interest due from the unlicensed person by seizure and sale of property in the manner prescribed for the collection of a delinquent monthly tax.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 890, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2004.)


In the suit, a copy of the jeopardy determination certified by the board shall be prima facie evidence that the unlicensed person is indebted to the state in the amount of the tax, penalties, and interest computed as prescribed by Section 30223.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 890, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2004.)


The foregoing remedies of the state are cumulative.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 890, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2004.)


No action taken pursuant to this article relieves the unlicensed person in any way from the penal provisions of this part.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 890, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2004.)

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