Title 44

Chapter 20
Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Tax

R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-20-40

§ 44-20-40. Records — Investigation and inspection of books, premises and stock.

(a) Each manufacturer, importer, distributor and dealer shall maintain copies of invoices or equivalent documentation for, or itemized for, each of its facilities for each transaction (other than a retail transaction with a consumer) involving the sale, purchase, transfer, consignment, or receipt of cigarettes. The invoices or documentation shall show the name and address of the other party and the quantity by brand style of the cigarettes involved in the transaction. All records and invoices required under this section must be safely preserved for three (3) years in a manner to insure permanency and accessibility for inspection by the administrator or his or her authorized agents.

(b) Records required under this section shall be preserved on the premises described in the relevant license in such a manner as to ensure permanency and accessibility for inspection at reasonable hours by authorized personnel of the administrator. With the administrator’s permission, persons with multiple places of business may retain centralized records, but shall transmit duplicates of the invoices or the equivalent documentation to each place of business within twenty-four (24) hours upon the request of the administrator or his or her designee.

(c) The administrator or his or her authorized agents may examine the books, papers, reports and records of any manufacturer, importer, distributor or dealer in this state for the purpose of determining whether taxes imposed by this chapter have been fully paid, and may investigate the stock of cigarettes in or upon any premises for the purpose of determining whether the provisions of this chapter are being obeyed. The administrator in his or her sole discretion may share the records and reports required by such sections with law enforcement officials of the federal government or other states.

History of Section.
P.L. 1939, ch. 663, § 21; impl. am. P.L. 1940, ch. 875, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 44-20-40; P.L. 1968, ch. 263, art. 8, § 9; P.L. 1978, ch. 167, § 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 246, § 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 250, § 3.