Laws, Regulations & Annotations


Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2019

Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law


Section 30480

30480. Felony offense. Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, any person who violates this part with intent to defeat or evade the determination of an amount due required by law to be made is guilty of a felony when the amount of tax liability aggregates twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) or more in any 12-consecutive-month period. The determination shall be approved by the executive director or his or her designee. Each offense shall be punished by a fine of not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000) and not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or imprisonment for 16 months, two years, or three years, or by both the fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

History.—Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1064, effective January 1, 1988. Stats. 1989, Ch. 654, in effect January 1, 1990, substituted "Deputy Director, Business Taxes," for "administrator of the excise taxes". Stats. 1995, Ch. 555, in effect January 1, 1996, substituted "any person who violates this part" for "any violation of this part by" after "of this part," in the first sentence, and substituted "executive director or his or her" for "Deputy Director, Business Taxes, or that person's" after "approved by the" and added "by" after "three years, or" in the second sentence.