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Distributors and unclassified importers to be licensed.

Each distributor or unclassified importer shall obtain a license issued by the commissioner before manufacturing, purchasing, importing, receiving or acquiring any untaxed tobacco products in this state. The commissioner may, in his or her discretion, refuse to issue a license if such commissioner has reasonable ground to believe (1) that the applicant has wilfully made any false statement of substance with respect to such application for license, (2) that the applicant has neglected to pay any taxes due to this state, or (3) that the applicant has been convicted of violating any of the cigarette or other tobacco product tax laws of this or any other state or the cigarette tax laws of the United States or has such a criminal record that the commissioner reasonably believes that such applicant is not a suitable person to be issued a license, provided no refusal shall be rendered under this subdivision except in accordance with the provisions of sections 46a-80 and 46a-81. The fee for a distributor’s license shall be two hundred dollars a year. There shall be no fee for an unclassified importer’s license. Each distributor’s license shall be conspicuously displayed on the premises covered by the license. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 12-15, the commissioner shall publish on the Internet web site of the Department of Revenue Services a list of every distributor licensed under this chapter. The commissioner shall prescribe the form of application for a distributor’s license and for an unclassified importer’s license.

(P.A. 89-251, S. 25, 203; P.A. 90-115, S. 3, 5; P.A. 06-194, S. 14; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 156.)

History: P.A. 90-115 eliminated the fee applicable in the case of the license required for an unclassified importer; P.A. 06-194 specified that license is for untaxed tobacco products, required distributor’s license to be conspicuously displayed on premises, required commissioner to publish list of licensed distributors and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 increased fee for distributor’s license from $100 to $200.
See Sec. 12-39o re issuance or renewal of license when taxes are owed.

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