Subdivision 1. Applicability. Unless the language or context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following terms for the purposes of this chapter, have the following meanings.
Subd. 2. Business. "Business" means any trade, occupation, activity, or enterprise engaged in selling or distributing cigarettes or tobacco products in this state.
Subd. 3. Cigarette. "Cigarette" means any roll for smoking made wholly or in part of tobacco, the wrapper or cover of which is made of paper or another substance or material except tobacco.
Subd. 4. Cigarette distributor. "Cigarette distributor" means any of the following:
(1) a person engaged in the business of selling cigarettes in this state and who manufactures or who brings, or causes to be brought, into this state from outside the state any packages of cigarettes for sale to subjobbers or retailers;
(2) a person engaged in the business outside this state who ships or transports cigarettes to retailers in this state, to be sold by those retailers;
(3) a person who is on direct purchase from a cigarette manufacturer and applies cigarette stamps on at least 50 percent of cigarettes sold by that person.
Subd. 5. Cigarette subjobber. "Cigarette subjobber" means any person who acquires stamped cigarettes or other state's stamped cigarettes for the primary purpose of resale to retailers, and any licensed distributor who delivers, sells, or distributes stamped cigarettes from a place of business other than that licensed in the distributor's license.
"Cigarette subjobber" also means a person who is a vending machine operator. A vending machine operator is a person whose principal business is operating, or owning and leasing to operators, machines for the vending of merchandise or service.
Subd. 6. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the state commissioner of revenue.
Subd. 7. Consumer. "Consumer" means any person who has title to or possession of cigarettes or tobacco products in storage, for use or other consumption in this state.
Subd. 8. Internal Revenue Code. Unless specifically defined otherwise, "Internal Revenue Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 1996.
Subd. 9. Licensing period. "Licensing period" means a two-year period during which licenses are issued. A licensing period begins on January 1 of each even-numbered year and ends on December 31 of the following odd-numbered year.
Subd. 10. Manufacturer. "Manufacturer" means a person who produces and sells cigarettes or tobacco products.
Subd. 11. Package. "Package" means the individual packet, box, or other container used to contain and convey cigarettes to the consumer.
Subd. 12. Person. "Person" means an individual or any entity engaged in the sale of cigarettes or tobacco products.
Subd. 13. Place of business. "Place of business" means a place where cigarettes or tobacco products are sold or where cigarettes or tobacco products are manufactured, stored, or kept for the purpose of sale or consumption, including any vessel, vehicle, airplane, train, or vending machine.
Subd. 14. Retailer. "Retailer" means a person engaged in this state in the business of selling, or offering to sell, cigarettes or tobacco products to consumers.
Subd. 15. Retail outlet. "Retail outlet" means each place of business from which cigarettes or tobacco products are sold to consumers.
Subd. 16. Sale. "Sale" means a transfer, exchange, or barter, in any manner or by any means, for consideration, and includes all sales made by any person. It also includes gifts or samples provided for advertising or promotional purposes, made by a person engaged in the selling of cigarettes or tobacco products.
Subd. 17. Stamp. "Stamp" means the adhesive stamp supplied by the commissioner of revenue for use on cigarette packages.
Subd. 18. Storage. "Storage" means any keeping or retention of cigarettes or tobacco products for use or consumption in this state.
Subd. 19. Tobacco products. "Tobacco products" means cigars; little cigars; cheroots; stogies; periques; granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other smoking tobacco; snuff; snuff flour; cavendish; plug and twist tobacco; fine-cut and other chewing tobacco; shorts; refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco, and other kinds and forms of tobacco, prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing or smoking in a pipe or otherwise, or both for chewing and smoking; but does not include cigarettes as defined in this section.
Subd. 20. Tobacco products distributor. "Tobacco products distributor" means any of the following:
(1) a person engaged in the business of selling tobacco products in this state who brings, or causes to be brought, into this state from outside the state any tobacco products for sale;
(2) a person who makes, manufactures, or fabricates tobacco products in this state for sale in this state;
(3) a person engaged in the business of selling tobacco products outside this state who ships or transports tobacco products to retailers in this state, to be sold by those retailers.
Subd. 21. Tobacco products subjobber. "Tobacco products subjobber" means a person, other than a manufacturer or distributor, who buys from a distributor tobacco products upon which the tax imposed by this chapter has been paid and sells them to persons other than the ultimate consumers, and any licensed distributor who delivers, sells, or distributes tobacco products upon which the tax imposed by this chapter has been paid from a place of business other than that licensed in the distributor's license.
Subd. 22. Use. "Use" means the exercise of a right or power incidental to the ownership of cigarettes or tobacco products.
Subd. 23. Wholesale price. "Wholesale price" means the established price for which a manufacturer sells a tobacco product to a distributor, exclusive of any discount or other reduction.
HIST: 1997 c 106 art 1 s 1
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
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