SENATE BILL 527
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
RELATING TO TAXATION; MAKING A DISTRIBUTION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; DEFINING "ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICE"; CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF "TOBACCO PRODUCT"; INCREASING THE TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX RATE; MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new section of the Tax Administration Act is enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] DISTRIBUTION--TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR TOBACCO USE PREVENTION AND CESSATION PROGRAMS.--A distribution pursuant to Section 7-1-6.1 NMSA 1978 in an amount equal to eight percent of the net receipts, exclusive of penalties and interest, attributable to the tobacco products tax shall be made to the department of health for tobacco use prevention and cessation programs."
SECTION 2. Section 7-12A-2 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1986, Chapter 112, Section 3, as amended) is amended to read:
"7-12A-2. DEFINITIONS.--As used in the Tobacco Products Tax Act:
A. "department" means the taxation and revenue department, the secretary of taxation and revenue or any employee of the department exercising authority lawfully delegated to that employee by the secretary;
B. "distribute" means to sell or to give;
C. "electronic smoking device" means a device that can be used to deliver aerosolized or vaporized nicotine to a person inhaling from the device, including an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, vape pen or hookah. "Electronic smoking device":
(1) includes a:
(a) component, part or accessory of such a device, whether sold separately; or
(b) substance intended to be aerosolized or vaporized during the use of the device; and
(2) does not include a battery or battery charger when sold separately or drugs, devices or combination products as defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and as authorized for sale by the United States food and drug administration;
[C.] D. "engaging in business" means carrying on or causing to be carried on any activity with the purpose of direct or indirect benefit;
[D.] E. "first purchaser" means a person engaging in business in New Mexico [who] that manufactures tobacco products or [who] that purchases or receives on consignment tobacco products from any person outside of New Mexico, which tobacco products are to be distributed in New Mexico in the ordinary course of business;
[E.] F. "person" means any individual, estate, trust, receiver, cooperative association, club, corporation, company, firm, partnership, joint venture, syndicate, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, other association or gas, water or electric utility owned or operated by a county or municipality or other entity of the state; "person" also means, to the extent permitted by law, a federal, state or other governmental unit or subdivision or an agency, department or instrumentality;
[F.] G. "product value" means the amount paid, net of any discounts taken and allowed, for tobacco products or, in the case of tobacco products received on consignment, the value of the tobacco products received or, in the case of tobacco products manufactured and sold in New Mexico, the proceeds from the sale by the manufacturer of the tobacco products; and
[G.] H. "tobacco product":
(a) any product, other than cigarettes, made of or derived from [or containing] tobacco and intended for human consumption or likely to be consumed, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any means, including a cigar, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, snus or an electronic smoking device; and
(b) a component or accessory used to consume a tobacco product, including filters, rolling papers, pipes or substances used in electronic smoking devices, regardless of whether they contain nicotine; and
(2) does not include drugs, devices or combination products as defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and as authorized for sale by the United States food and drug administration."
SECTION 3. Section 7-12A-3 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1986, Chapter 112, Section 4, as amended) is amended to read:
"7-12A-3. IMPOSITION AND RATE OF TAX--DENOMINATION AS "TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX"--DATE PAYMENT OF TAX DUE.--
A. For the manufacture or acquisition of tobacco products in New Mexico to be distributed in the ordinary course of business and for the consumption of tobacco products in New Mexico, there is imposed an excise tax at the rate of [twenty-five] thirty-six percent of the product value of the tobacco products.
B. The tax imposed by Subsection A of this section may be referred to as the "tobacco products tax".
C. The tobacco products tax shall be paid by the first purchaser on or before the twenty-fifth day of the month following the month in which the taxable event occurs."
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