(a) A manufacturer of sample cigarettes shall pay the tobacco tax on those cigarettes distributed in the State without charge, in the manner that the Comptroller requires by regulation, with the return that covers the period in which the manufacturer distributed those cigarettes.
(b) The wholesaler who first possesses in the State unstamped cigarettes for which tax stamps are required shall pay the tobacco tax on those cigarettes by buying and affixing tax stamps.
(c) The tobacco tax on other tobacco products shall be paid by the wholesaler who sells the other tobacco products to a retailer in the State.
(d)(1) A licensed other tobacco products retailer or a licensed tobacconist shall pay the tobacco tax on other tobacco products on which the tobacco tax has not been paid by filing a quarterly tax return, with any supporting schedules, on forms provided by the Comptroller on the following dates covering tax liabilities in the preceding quarter:
(i) January 21;
(ii) April 21;
(iii) July 21; and
(iv) October 21.
(2) A licensed other tobacco products retailer or a licensed tobacconist required to file a tax return under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall pay a tobacco tax at the rate provided in § 12-105(b) of this title based on the invoice amount charged by the licensed other tobacco products manufacturer, exclusive of any discount, trade allowance, rebate, or other reduction.