(a)(1) The Bullock County Commission is hereby authorized to impose upon every person, firm, or corporation who sells, stores, delivers, uses, or otherwise consumes tobacco or certain tobacco products in Bullock County a county privilege, license, or excise tax in the following amounts:
a. Five cents ($.05) for each package of cigarettes, made of tobacco or any substitute therefor.
b. Five cents ($.05) for each package of cigars or cigarellos, such as Winchester, which are similar to, and which are packaged like, cigarettes.
c. Three cents ($.03) for each cigar, cheroot, or stogie of any description made of tobacco or any substitute therefor which are not similar to, nor packaged like, cigarettes as provided for in paragraph b.
d. Three cents ($.03) for each sack, can, package, or other container of smoking tobacco, including granulated, plug, cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other kinds and forms of tobacco which are prepared in such manner as to be suitable for smoking in a pipe or cigarette.
e. Five cents ($.05) for each sack, plug, package, or other container of chewing tobacco, which tobacco is prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing only and not suitable for smoking as described in paragraph c.
f. Five cents ($.05) for each can, bottle, glass, tumbler, package, or other container of snuff made of tobacco or any substitute therefor.
g. Fifteen cents ($.15) for each package of tobacco paper, both gummed and ungummed.
(2) The privilege, license, or excise tax shall be in addition to all other federal, state, or local taxes heretofore imposed by law. Provided, however, when the license tax hereby required to be paid shall have been paid by a wholesaler or seller of cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products, such payment shall be sufficient, the intent being that such license tax hereby required to be paid shall be paid but once on each package of cigarettes and on each cigar.
(b) Upon adoption of a resolution by the Bullock County Commission, every person, firm, corporation, club, or association that sells or stores or receives for the purpose in Bullock County any cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products shall add the amount of the license or privilege tax levied and assessed herein to the price of the cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco products, it being the purpose and intent of this provision that the tax levied is, in fact, a levy on the consumer with the person, firm, corporation, club, or association, who sells or stores or receives for the purpose of distributing the cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products, acting merely as agent for the collection of the tax. The dealer, storer, or distributor shall state the amount of the tax separately from the price of the cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products, on all price display signs, sales or delivery slips, bills and statements which advertise or indicate the price of the cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products.
(c) It shall be unlawful for any dealer, storer, or distributor engaged in or continuing in Bullock County in the business for which the tax is hereby levied to fail or refuse to add to the price and collect from the purchaser the amount due on account on the tax herein provided or to refund or offer to refund all or part of the amount collected or absorb or advertise directly or indirectly the absorption of the tax or any portion thereof.
(d)(1) The proceeds from the tax hereby authorized, less the actual cost of collection not to exceed five per centum shall be paid by the State Department of Revenue to the Bullock County Commission to be used for the following purposes:
a. Five per centum of the proceeds shall be distributed to U.S.A. Recreation, Inc.; and
b. The remaining proceeds shall be distributed equally among each certified fire department in the county. Annually, on October 1, the Alabama Forestry Commission shall submit to the Bullock County Commission a list of each certified fire department.
(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the volunteer fire departments and municipally supported fire departments shall not be considered as employees, servants, or agents of the county and the members of the county commission and the employees of the county shall not be liable in either their official capacity or in a private capacity for the actions of the fire departments.
(e) The tax hereby authorized shall be paid by affixing stamps as is required for the payment of the tax imposed by Section 40-25-1 through Section 40-25-28. The State Department of Revenue shall have the same duties relative to the preparation and sale of stamps to evidence the payment of such tax that it has relative to the preparation and sale of stamps under those sections and may exercise the same powers and perform the same duties in the same manner relative to the collection of the tax hereby levied that it does relative to the collection of that tax.
(f) The State Department of Revenue is hereby authorized to promulgate and enforce rules and regulations to effectuate the purpose of this section. All such rules and regulations duly promulgated shall have force and effect of law.
(g) All laws and rules and regulations of the Department of Revenue, relating to the manner and time of payment of the tax levied by Section 40-25-1 through Section 40-25-28, as amended, requiring reports from dealers and prescribing penalties for violations shall apply with equal force to the tax levied by this section as fully set out herein.
(h)(1) None of the provisions of this section shall be applied in such manner as to be in violation of the commerce or other clauses of the federal or state constitution.
(2) This statute shall not be construed to apply to cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, and like tobacco products stored by a wholesaler dealer for the purpose of resale or reshipment outside of such counties which are actually resold or reshipped.
Last modified: May 3, 2021