City of Higginsville, MO
Lafayette County
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Section 625.010 Definitions.

[R.O. 2009 §625.010; Ord. No. 1703 §2, 11-4-1996]
When used in this Chapter, the following words shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:
CIGARETTE
An item manufactured of tobacco or any substitute therefor, wrapped in paper or any substitute therefor, weighing not to exceed three (3) pounds per one thousand (1,000) cigarettes and which is commonly classified, labeled or advertised as a cigarette.
CONSUMER
A person who comes into possession of tobacco for the purpose of consuming it, giving it away or disposing of it in any way.
DEALER
Any person dealing directly with the manufacturer of cigarettes in their purchase and in the business of selling cigarettes as a first (1st) seller.
FIRST SALE WITHIN THE STATE
The first sale of a tobacco product by a manufacturer, wholesaler or other person to a person who intends to sell such tobacco products at retail or to a person at retail within the State of Missouri.
PACKAGE OF CIGARETTES
A container of any type composition in which is normally contained twenty (20) individual cigarettes, except as in special instances when the number may be more or less than twenty (20).
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, firm, partnership, incorporated or unincorporated association, or any other legal or commercial entity.
RETAILER
Any person who sells to a consumer or to any person for any purpose other than resale.
SALE
In this instance is defined to be and declared to include sales, barters, exchanges and every other manner, method and form of transferring the ownership of personal property from one person to another. "Sale" also means the possession of cigarettes or tobacco products by any person other than a manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer and shall be prima facie evidence of possession for consumption.
VENDING MACHINE
Any mechanical electric or electronic, self-service device which, upon insertion of money, tokens or any other form of payment, dispenses tobacco products.
WHOLESALER
Any person, firm or corporation organized and existing, or doing business, primarily to sell cigarettes or tobacco products to, and render service to, retailers in the territory the person, firm or corporation chooses to serve; that purchases cigarettes or tobacco products directly from the manufacturer; that carries at all times at his/her or its principal place of business a representative stock of cigarettes or tobacco products for sale; and that comes into the possession of cigarettes or tobacco products for the purpose of selling them to retailers or to persons outside or within the State who might resell or retail the cigarettes or tobacco products to consumers. This shall include any manufacturer, jobber, broker, agent or other person, whether or not enumerated in this Chapter, who so sells or so distributes cigarettes or tobacco products.

Section 625.020 Intent.

[R.O. 2009 §625.020; Ord. No. 1703 §3, 11-4-1996]
It is intended that the tax set forth herein constitute the only tax paid by cigarette dealers or wholesalers to the City of Higginsville, Missouri, for the sale of cigarettes. Nothing herein contained shall eliminate said dealers' or wholesalers' obligation to the City for taxes, licenses, fees or assessments not directly related to the sale of cigarettes.

Section 625.030 Payment of Tax Required.

[R.O. 2009 §625.030; Ord. No. 1703 §4, 11-4-1996]
The tax herein set forth shall be paid by the dealer or wholesaler as defined in Section 625.010, selling cigarettes or offering cigarettes for sale.

Section 625.040 Tax Levy.

[R.O. 2009 §625.040; Ord. No. 1703 §5, 11-4-1996]
Every dealer or wholesaler engaged in the business of selling cigarettes or offering or displaying the same for sale within the City shall pay an occupation tax at the rate of one dollar fifty cents ($1.50) per thousand (1,000) for all cigarettes sold or offered or displayed for sale. This tax shall be paid but once, as provided for in Section 625.050, and only by the dealer selling cigarettes or displaying or offering them for sale. The intent and meaning of this Chapter is that the same shall levy an occupation tax based upon and pursuant to the methods provided for by Section 92.040, RSMo., as amended.

Section 625.050 Monthly Payment.

[R.O. 2009 §625.050; Ord. No. 1703 §6, 11-4-1996]
It shall be the duty of every dealer or wholesaler, as defined in Section 625.010, selling, offering or displaying for sale any package of cigarettes, to remit the monthly cigarette tax reporting form and full payment by the fifteenth (15th) day of each following month. The cancelled check, accompanied by the monthly cigarette tax reporting form, shall be proof of payment.

Section 625.060 Rules and Regulations — Records.

[R.O. 2009 §625.060; Ord. No. 1703 §7, 11-4-1996]
A. 
For the purpose of enabling the City Clerk to enforce the terms of this Chapter, the following provisions are enacted:
1. 
Each dealer in the City and those wholesalers and retailers as defined in Section 625.010 shall procure and retain invoices showing the amount and value of the shipment of cigarettes received by him/her, the date thereof, and the name of the shipper, and shall retain this invoice for a period of three (3) years subject to the use and inspection of the City of Higginsville.
2. 
All dealers, wholesalers and retailers as defined in Section 625.010 within the City of Higginsville shall maintain and keep for a period of three (3) years such other records of cigarettes received, sold or delivered within the City as may be required by the City Clerk.
3. 
The City Clerk or his/her duly authorized representatives, are authorized to examine the books, papers, invoices and other records, stock of cigarettes in and upon any premises where they are placed, stored or sold, and equipment of any said dealer, wholesaler or retailer pertaining to the sale and delivery of cigarettes taxable under this Chapter.
4. 
To verify the accuracy of the occupation tax imposed and assessed by this Chapter, each person, as defined in Section 625.010, is directed and required to give the City Clerk or his/her duly authorized representatives, the means, facilities and opportunity for such examination as are herein provided for and required.
5. 
In addition to the powers herein granted to the City Clerk, he/she is authorized and empowered to prescribe, adopt, promulgate and enforce rules and regulations relating to the delegation of his/her powers to a deputy or other employee of his/her office and any other matter or thing pertaining to the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this Chapter.
6. 
Cigarette tax reporting information received from the State of Missouri shall be held in confidence and used solely for verifying cigarette tax payments.

Section 625.070 Refunds.

[R.O. 2009 §625.070; Ord. No. 1703 §8, 11-4-1996]
The City Clerk is authorized to adopt, prescribe and promulgate rules and regulations including a monthly cigarette tax reporting form with regard to the presentation and proof of claim for refunds and credits as he/she may deem advisable.

Section 625.080 Subpoenas.

[R.O. 2009 §625.080; Ord. No. 1703 §9, 11-4-1996]
The City Clerk shall have power to subpoena and require the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers and documents to secure information pertinent to the enforcement of this Chapter and to examine them in relation thereto.

Section 625.090 Penalty For Violation.

[R.O. 2009 §625.090; Ord. No. 1703 §10, 11-4-1996]
Any person violating this Chapter by failing to file a report and make the payment provided for in Section 625.050 hereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days or be punished by both such find and imprisonment. Failure to file each monthly report and make each monthly payment shall be deemed a separate offense.

Section 625.100 Accruing Revenue.

[R.O. 2009 §625.100; Ord. No. 1703 §11, 11-4-1996]
The revenue accruing the City from the permits and occupation licenses provided for in this Chapter shall go to the Street Fund of the City.