§11-17-4. Effect of rate changes; tobacco products on hand or in inventory; report; discount.
(a) Notwithstanding other provisions of this article, it is hereby declared to be the intent of the Legislature that one rate of excise tax is applicable to all quantities of cigarettes and another rate of excise tax is applicable to all tobacco products other than cigarettes in this state on and after the first day of July, two thousand one, under the provisions of this article. Any tobacco products, on hand or in inventory, on the effective date of any rate change are hereby considered to have been purchased or received on the effective date of the change in rate.

(b) Every wholesaler, subjobber, subjobber dealer, retail dealer and vending machine operator who, on the effective date of any rate change, has, on hand or in inventory, any tobacco products or cigarette tax stamps, upon which the tax or any portion of the tax has been previously paid, shall take a physical inventory and shall file a report of the inventory with the tax commissioner, in the format required by the tax commissioner, within thirty days after the inventory and shall pay to the tax commissioner any additional tax due under an increased rate in accordance with the following schedule:

(1) One-third at the time of filing the report;

(2) One-third not later than sixty days after the effective date of the rate change; and

(3) One-third not later than ninety days after the effective date of the rate change.

A discount of four percent shall be allowed on all tax due for persons who pay additional tax under this section.

(c) Imposition of the tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes shall be treated as a change in rate on the effective date of the tax.