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Press Release
October 24, 2005

Cigarette Wholesaler Hearing Continued to November 1, 2005

An Oklahoma cigarette wholesaler who received a temporary suspension of their cigarette and tobacco products wholesale license on October 17 has requested and received a continuance for their hearing. The hearing date, originally set for October 24, has now been continued to Tuesday, November 1, 2005.

Following an investigation by Tax Commission auditors, cigarette wholesaler Sunflower Supply had its cigarette and tobacco products wholesale license temporarily suspended. Sunflower requested and was then granted an injunction on October 17 with the Oklahoma County District Court. A Tax Commission hearing, which was scheduled for October 25, to determine if the Commission’s temporary suspension would continue has now been set for November 1 at Sunflower’s request. It is at this hearing the Commission will determine if there will be a continuance of the suspension and then at a further date will consider revocation of Sunflower’s license.

Since March the agency has conducted audits of tobacco wholesalers; performed sweeps across the state confiscating improperly marked cigarette and tobacco products; land searches; sent letters to taxpayers who purchase cigarettes online and have not remitted taxes that are due on the purchase; sent out teams of Field Agents statewide to assist retailers with any questions they may have on tax laws.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission will continue to vigorously enforce the tax law in all instances. Since beginning the sweeps earlier this year agency field agents have made more than 4,500 visits to licensed cigarette and tobacco retailers. Over 280 retailers have had some form of product confiscated. The agency has also mailed out more than 1,000 letters to taxpayers who owe taxes on online cigarette or tobacco purchases and conducted numerous audits on wholesalers and retailers.

 

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