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Press Release
October 31, 2005

Cigarette Wholesaler Hearing Set for November 15, 2005

The Oklahoma Tax Commission is not seeking enforcement of the temporary suspension of Sunflower and will proceed with a November 15, 2005 hearing to determine permanent revocation of Sunflower Supply Company wholesaler’s cigarette and tobacco products license.

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 by the Oklahoma County District Court. This injunction is effective through November 9, 2005 therefore the temporary suspension would only have been in effect for six days. Based on this short period of time the agency decided to forego the hearing.

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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