General Laws

Section 5A. (1) The department shall aggressively seek to collect all excises imposed by this chapter from residents of the commonwealth who purchase cigarettes and tobacco products in interstate commerce. The department shall, pursuant to 15 U.S.C. section 376, seek statements from persons selling cigarettes in interstate commerce to residents of the commonwealth and obtain the monthly invoices covering all such shipments of cigarettes into the commonwealth, as required by said section 376. Those invoices shall, as authorized by said section 376, include the name and address of the person to whom the cigarette shipment was made, the brand, the quantity thereof, and the amount paid. Upon receipt of that information, the department shall make all reasonable efforts to collect all excises due under this chapter.

(2) The department shall provide information received pursuant to this section to the department of public health. The department shall report every 6 months to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care on the steps taken to enforce this section and the amounts collected pursuant to collection activities mandated by this section.