2017 ORS 323.085¹
Presumptions regarding distribution and prepayment of tax

(1) Unless the contrary is established, it shall be presumed that all cigarettes acquired by a distributor are untaxed cigarettes, and that all cigarettes manufactured in this state or transported to this state, and no longer in the possession of the distributor, have been distributed.

(2) All taxes paid pursuant to the provisions of ORS 323.005 (Short title) to 323.482 (Offense of unlawful distribution of cigarettes) are intended to be direct taxes on the retail consumer for which required prepayment, through the purchase and affixation of tax stamps, is only to achieve convenience and facility in the collection and administration of the tax. When the tax is paid by any person other than the retail consumer, the payment shall be considered an advance payment to be added to the price of the cigarette and recovered from the retail consumer. Except for a person selling cigarettes through a vending machine or machines, any person selling cigarettes at retail shall state or separately display in the retail premises a notice of the amount of the tax included in the selling price and charged or payable pursuant to ORS 323.005 (Short title) to 323.482 (Offense of unlawful distribution of cigarettes). The provisions of this subsection do not affect the method of prepayment of the tax as provided by ORS 323.005 (Short title) to 323.482 (Offense of unlawful distribution of cigarettes). [1965 c.525 §§28,31; 2003 c.804 §12]

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Notes of Decisions

This chapter was not intended to impose a tax on cigarettes sold by an Oregon distributor, to be shipped out of state and sold out of state to ultimate consumers for use out of state. Carter & Son v. Dept. of Rev., 5 OTR 379 (1974)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 323—Cigarettes and Tobacco Products, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors323.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 323, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano323.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.