Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

ORS 323.235

  • enforcement


The Department of Revenue shall have authority, by order or subpoena to be served with the same force and effect and in the same manner that a subpoena is served in a civil action in the circuit court, or the Oregon Tax Court, to require the production at any time and place it may designate of any books, papers, accounts or other information necessary to the carrying out of ORS 323.005 (Short title) to 323.482 (Offense of unlawful distribution of cigarettes), and may require the attendance of any person having knowledge in the premises, and may take testimony and require proof material for the information, with power to administer oaths to such person.


If any person fails to comply with any subpoena or order of the department or produce or permit the examination or inspection of any books, papers, records and equipment pertinent to any investigation or inquiry under ORS 323.005 (Short title) to 323.482 (Offense of unlawful distribution of cigarettes), or to testify to any matter regarding which the person may be lawfully interrogated, the department may apply to the Oregon Tax Court or to the circuit court of the county in which the person resides or where the person may be found for an order to the person to attend and testify, or otherwise to comply with the demand or request of the department. The application to the court shall be by ex parte motion upon which the court shall make an order requiring the person against whom it is directed to comply with the request on demand of the department within 10 days after the service of the order, or such further time as the court may grant, or to justify the failure within that time. The order shall be served upon the person to whom it is directed in the manner required by this state for service of process, which service shall be required to confer jurisdiction upon the court. Failure to obey any order issued by the court under this section is contempt of court. The remedy provided by this section shall be in addition to other remedies, civil or criminal, existing under the tax laws or other laws of this state. [1965 c.525 §60]
Chapter 323

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)


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