Licensed Cigarette Retailers:
DOR has contracted with SICPA Product Security, LLC to provide the Commonwealth's new counterfeit-resistant cigarette excise stamps. As part of SICPA's Affirmative Market Plan, they have partnered with Sterling Printing & Business Products to sell and distribute the SICPA Oasis Validators to retailers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These validators will allow retailers to quickly determine if the stamps in their inventory are authentic, which also enables the retailer to participate in the revenue enforcement process.
Under Massachusetts General Laws (G.L) c. 64C, sec. 33 retailers may not accept deliveries of unstamped or improperly stamped packages of cigarettes. Every licensed retailer must immediately examine all packages of cigarettes it receives and immediately return to its supplier any packages of cigarettes that are unstamped or improperly stamped.
Furthermore, G.L. c.64C, secs. 34 and 35 impose significant fines and penalties for any cigarette retailer who knowingly possesses offers to sell, sells, delivers or transports even one pack of unstamped cigarettes in the Commonwealth. Violation of either of these sections is punishable by a fine, or, in appropriate circumstances, imprisonment. Keep in mind that DOR considers a pack of cigarettes bearing the stamp of any state other than Massachusetts as an "unstamped" pack.
To assist you in ensuring that your inventory is in compliance with the above laws, you will be able to purchase a small validator, which will allow you to quickly determine if all stamps in your inventory are authentic.
You can purchase a validator for $20 (plus sales tax and shipping charges) through the Sterling Printing & Business Products website.