40-25-15

Nontaxable sales.

(a) A wholesaler or jobber, as defined in Section 40-25-1 and who is duly qualified as such wholesaler or jobber under Section 40-25-16, may sell tobacco products enumerated herein without the Alabama Revenue Stamps affixed thereto; provided, that: Such products are sold and shipped or delivered in interstate commerce to a person outside of this state, and such wholesaler or jobber shall have on file, for a period of three years, subject to inspection by the department, a record of such sale, and also the original purchase order, and a copy of the invoice therefor, and a receipt from a common carrier, contract carrier or post office showing shipment for delivery in such other state, or, if delivered by such dealer to the purchaser at a point outside of the State of Alabama, a receipt showing such delivery in addition to the record, original purchase order and copy of the invoice relating to such sale.

(b) Such duly qualified wholesaler or jobber may sell tobacco products enumerated herein without the Alabama Revenue Stamps affixed thereto; provided, that:

(1) Such products are sold to a person who is engaged in business as a dealer in such products in another state,
(2) Such products are purchased exclusively for resale in such other state, and
(3) Such products are at the time of sale properly stamped by the Alabama wholesaler or jobber with revenue stamps authorized and issued by such other state for use upon such tobacco products,

and such wholesaler or jobber shall have on file, for a period of three years, subject to inspection by the department, a record of such sale, the original purchase order and copy of invoice therefor, a receipt from such purchase showing that such purchase was made exclusively for resale in such other state, and a record showing the purchase and use of such revenue stamps of such other state.

(c) Tobacco products enumerated herein may be sold by such duly qualified wholesalers or jobbers, without revenue stamps affixed thereto, when sold to the United States or to any instrumentality thereof for resale to or for use or consumption by members of the Armed Services of the United States; provided, that the books and records, including original purchase orders and copy of invoices showing such sales are kept on file for a period of three years, subject to inspection by the department.

(d) Tobacco products enumerated herein may be sold by such duly qualified wholesalers or jobbers, without revenue stamps affixed thereto, when sold and delivered to ships regularly engaged in foreign commerce or coastwise shipping between points in this state and points outside of this state for resale to or for use or consumption upon such ship or in foreign commerce.

(e) The department is authorized to adopt rules and regulations with respect to the enforcement of the provisions of this section, to prevent any evasion of the tax herein imposed.

(f) A failure to comply with any provision of this section with respect to any sale of unstamped tobacco products shall subject the wholesaler or jobber to the payment of the tax thereon imposed by this article. Any person, including any firm, corporation or association of persons, who violates any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed six months, either or both, at the discretion of the court.

(Acts 1935, No. 194, p. 256; Code 1940, T. 51, §729; Acts 1943, No. 484, p. 446.)

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