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Code of Virginia
Title 58.1. Taxation
Chapter 10. Cigarette Tax
5/21/2022

Article 2. Use Tax.

§ 58.1-1018. Tax imposed on storage, use or consumption of cigarettes; exemption of products on which sales tax has been paid.

An excise tax is hereby imposed on the storage, use or other consumption in this Commonwealth of cigarettes purchased at retail in an amount equal to that set out in § 58.1-1001. Every person storing, using or otherwise consuming in this Commonwealth cigarettes purchased at retail shall be liable for the tax imposed by this article, and the liability shall not be extinguished until the tax has been paid to this Commonwealth; however, if such cigarettes have attached thereto the requisite stamps or if the excise tax imposed by Article 1 (§ 58.1-1000 et seq.) has been paid by the seller of such cigarettes, then the tax imposed by this article shall not be due.

The revenues generated by the tax imposed under this section on and after August 1, 2004, shall be collected by the Department and deposited into the Virginia Health Care Fund established under § 32.1-366.

Code 1950, § 58-757.19; 1960, c. 392, § 19; 1984, c. 675; 2004, Sp. Sess. I, c. 3.

§ 58.1-1019. Monthly returns and payment of tax.

Every person owning or having in his possession or custody cigarettes, the storage, use or other consumption of which is subject to the tax imposed by this article, shall, on or before the tenth day of the month following, file with the Department a return for the preceding month in such form as may be prescribed by the Department showing the cigarettes purchased by such person, and such other information as the Department may deem necessary for the proper administration of this article. The return shall be accompanied by a remittance of the amount of tax herein imposed.

Code 1950, § 58-757.20; 1960, c. 392, § 20; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-1020. Assessment of tax by Department.

In case any person subject to the tax imposed by this article fails to make such a return, or makes an incorrect return, the Department, from the best information available to it, shall assess the amount of tax due from such person and mail notice thereof to the taxpayer. Collection of such assessment may be enforced by legal process.

Code 1950, § 58-757.21; 1960, c. 392, § 21; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-1021. Documents touching purchase, sale, etc., of cigarettes to be kept for three years, subject to inspection; penalty.

It shall be the duty of every person storing, using or otherwise consuming in this Commonwealth cigarettes subject to the provisions of this article to keep and preserve all invoices, books, papers, cancelled checks, or other memoranda touching the purchase, sale, exchange, receipt, ownership, storage, use or other consumption of such cigarettes for a period of three years. All such invoices, books, papers, cancelled checks, or other memoranda shall be subject to audit and inspection by any duly authorized representative of the Department at any reasonable time. Any person who fails or refuses to keep and preserve the records as herein required shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. Any person who fails or refuses to allow an audit or inspection of the records as herein provided, shall be assessed a penalty of $1,000 for each day he fails or refuses to allow an audit or inspection of the records, to be assessed and collected by the Department as other taxes are collected.

Code 1950, § 58-757.22; 1960, c. 392, § 22; 1984, c. 675; 2005, c. 28.