HOUSE BILL 33

55th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2022

INTRODUCED BY

Joanne J. Ferrary

 

 

FOR THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT REVENUE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND

THE LEGISLATIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

 

AN ACT

RELATING TO TAXATION; INCREASING THE RATE OF THE CIGARETTE TAX; INCREASING THE RATE OF TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS; INCLUDING NICOTINE, REGARDLESS OF SOURCE, IN THE DEFINITION OF "TOBACCO PRODUCT" IN THE TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX ACT.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:

     SECTION 1. Section 7-1-6.11 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1983, Chapter 211, Section 16, as amended) is amended to read:

     "7-1-6.11. DISTRIBUTIONS OF CIGARETTE TAXES.--

          A. A distribution pursuant to Section 7-1-6.1 NMSA 1978 shall be made to the board of regents of the university of New Mexico for the benefit of the comprehensive cancer center at the university of New Mexico health sciences center in an amount equal to [seventy-one hundredths] four-tenths percent of the net receipts, exclusive of penalties and interest, attributable to the cigarette tax.

          B. A distribution pursuant to Section 7-1-6.1 NMSA 1978 in an amount equal to [seven and fifty-two] four and fifteen hundredths percent of the net receipts, exclusive of penalties and interest, attributable to the cigarette tax, shall be made on behalf of and for the benefit of the university of New Mexico health sciences center for its comprehensive cancer center, until payment of all principal, interest and other expenses or obligations related to the bonds authorized pursuant to Section [3 of this 2021 act] 6-21-6.15 NMSA 1978 and the New Mexico finance authority certifies to the secretary of taxation and revenue that all obligations for the bonds have been fully discharged, to the credit enhancement account.

          C. A distribution pursuant to Section 7-1-6.1 NMSA 1978 in an amount equal to [three and seventeen] one and seventy-six hundredths percent of the net receipts, exclusive of penalties and interest, attributable to the cigarette tax shall be made to the New Mexico finance authority for land acquisition and the planning, designing, construction and equipping of department of health facilities or improvements to such facilities.

          D. A distribution pursuant to Section 7-1-6.1 NMSA 1978 in an amount equal to [eight and twenty-six] four and fifty-five hundredths percent of the net receipts, exclusive of penalties and interest, attributable to the cigarette tax shall be made to the New Mexico finance authority for deposit in the credit enhancement account created in the authority.

          E. A distribution pursuant to Section 7-1-6.1 NMSA 1978 in an amount equal to [fifty-three] thirty-one hundredths percent of the net receipts, exclusive of penalties and interest, attributable to the cigarette tax shall be made, on behalf of and for the benefit of the rural county cancer treatment fund, to the New Mexico finance authority."

     SECTION 2. Section 7-12-3 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1971, Chapter 77, Section 3, as amended) is amended to read:

     "7-12-3. EXCISE TAX ON CIGARETTES--REDUCTION OF RATE FOR CERTAIN CIGARETTES.--

          A. For the privilege of selling, giving or consuming cigarettes in New Mexico, there is levied an excise tax at a rate of [ten cents ($.10)] twenty cents ($.20) for each cigarette sold, given or consumed in this state.

          B. The tax imposed by this section shall be referred to as the "cigarette tax".

          C. The tax imposed by this section shall be reduced by fifty percent for a cigarette for which a modified risk tobacco product order has been issued by the United States secretary of health and human services pursuant to Section 21 U.S.C. 387k(g)(1).

          D. The tax imposed by this section shall be reduced by twenty-five percent for a cigarette for which a modified risk tobacco product order has been issued by the United States secretary of health and human services pursuant to Section 21 U.S.C. 387k(g)(2)."

     SECTION 3. Section 7-12-7 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1971, Chapter 77, Section 7, as amended) is amended to read:

     "7-12-7. SALE OF STAMPS--PRICES.--

          A. Only the department shall sell stamps. Stamps may be sold by the department only to a distributor.

          B. Stamps shall display a serial number. Stamps bearing the same serial number shall not be sold to more than one distributor. The department shall keep records of the serial numbers of the stamps provided to each distributor.

          C. A stamp shall be affixed to a package of cigarettes in such a manner as to clearly display the serial number at the point of sale.

          D. Tax stamps shall be sold at their face value with the following discounts:

                (1) [forty-six] twenty-three hundredths percent less than the face value of the first thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) of stamps purchased in one calendar month;

                (2) [thirty-six] eighteen hundredths percent less than the face value of the second thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) of stamps purchased in one calendar month; and

                (3) [twenty-two] eleven hundredths percent less than the face value of stamps purchased in excess of sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) in one calendar month.

          E. Tax-credit stamps shall be provided only to distributors and shall be provided free of charge; provided that the distributor is in full compliance with the reporting requirements of the Cigarette Tax Act and rules adopted pursuant to that act.

          F. If the face value of tax stamps sold in a single sale is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000), the discount provided for in this section shall not be allowed.

          G. Payment for tax stamps shall be made on or before the twenty-fifth day of the month following the month in which the sale of stamps by the department is made.

          H. Tax-exempt stamps shall be provided only to distributors and shall be free of charge; provided that the distributor is in full compliance with the reporting requirements of the Cigarette Tax Act and rules adopted pursuant to that act."

     SECTION 4. 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 or any employee of the department exercising authority lawfully delegated to that employee by the secretary;

          B. "cigar" means a roll for smoking made wholly or in part of tobacco and weighing greater than four and one-half pounds per thousand;

          C. "distribute" means to sell or to give;

          D. "closed system cartridge" means a single-use, pre-filled disposable cartridge containing five milliliters or less of e-liquid for use in an e-cigarette;

          E. "e-cigarette" means any electronic oral device, whether composed of a heating element and battery or an electronic circuit, that provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substance the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking and includes any such device, or any part thereof, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe or any other product, name or descriptor; ["E-cigarette" does not include any product regulated as a drug or device by the United States food and drug administration under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;]

          F. "e-liquid" means liquid or other substance intended for use in an e-cigarette, not including any substance containing cannabis or oil derived from cannabis;

          G. "engaging in business" means carrying on or causing to be carried on any activity with the purpose of direct or indirect benefit;

          H. "first purchaser" means a person engaging in business in New Mexico that manufactures tobacco products or 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;

          I. "little cigar" means a roll for smoking made wholly or in part of tobacco, using an integrated cellulose acetate or other similar filter, and weighing not more than four and one-half pounds per thousand;

          J. "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;

          K. "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

          L. "tobacco product":

                (1) means:

                     [(1)] (a) any product [other than cigarettes, cigars and little cigars] made from or containing tobacco or nicotine, regardless of the source of the nicotine;                     [(2)] (b) e-liquid;

                     [(3)] (c) e-cigarettes; and

                     [(4)] (d) closed system cartridges; and

                (2) does not mean cigarettes, cigars, little cigars or any product regulated as a drug or device by the United States food and drug administration pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act."

     SECTION 5. Section 7-12A-3 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1986, Chapter 112, Section 4, as amended) is amended to read:

     "7-12A-3. IMPOSITION AND RATES OF TAX--REDUCTION OF RATE FOR CERTAIN TOBACCO PRODUCTS--DENOMINATION AS "TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX"--DATE PAYMENT OF TAX DUE.--

          A. For the manufacture or acquisition of tobacco products in New Mexico, not including [cigars] little cigars, [e-liquid] e-cigarettes or closed system cartridges, 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] seventy-seven percent of the product value of the tobacco products.

          [B. For the manufacture or acquisition of cigars in New Mexico to be distributed in the ordinary course of business and for the consumption of cigars in New Mexico, there is imposed an excise tax at a rate equal to twenty-five percent of the product value of the cigar not to exceed fifty cents ($.50) per cigar.

          C.] B. For the manufacture or acquisition of little cigars in New Mexico to be distributed in the ordinary course of business and for the consumption of little cigars in New Mexico, there is imposed an excise tax at a rate equal to the rate imposed on cigarettes pursuant to Section 7-12-3 NMSA 1978 per package of little cigars.

          [D. For the manufacture or acquisition of e-liquid in New Mexico to be distributed in the ordinary course of business and for the consumption of e-liquid in New Mexico, there is imposed an excise tax at a rate equal to twelve and one-half percent of the product value of the e-liquid.

          E.] C. For the manufacture or acquisition of closed system cartridges in New Mexico to be distributed in the ordinary course of business, there is imposed an excise tax at a rate of [fifty cents ($.50)] three dollars thirty-two cents ($3.32) per closed system cartridge.

          [H.] D. The taxes imposed by this section may be referred to as the "tobacco products tax".

          [I.] E. 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."

     SECTION 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2022.

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