A. Any stamping agent may deduct the amount of bad debts from the tax imposed by this
chapter. The amount deducted shall be charged off as uncollectible on the books of the stamping
agent. If a person pays all or part of a bad debt that a stamping agent claimed as a deduction
under this section, the stamping agent shall be liable for the amount of taxes deducted
in connection with that portion of the debt for which payment is received and shall
remit these taxes together with its next report to the Department pursuant to subsection C of § 58.1-1003.
B. Any claim for a bad debt deduction under this section shall be supported by all
of the following:
1. A copy of the original invoice;
2. Evidence that the cigarettes described in the invoice were delivered to the person
who ordered them; and
3. Evidence that the person who ordered and received the cigarettes did not pay the
stamping agent for the cigarettes and that the stamping agent used reasonable collection
practices in attempting to collect the debt.
C. As used in this section, “bad debt” means the taxes under this chapter attributable to any portion of a debt that is
related to a sale of cigarettes subject to tax under this chapter that is not otherwise
deductible or excludable, that has become worthless or uncollectible in the time period
between the date when taxes accrue to the Department for the stamping agents' preceding
tax return and the date when taxes accrue to the Department for the present return,
and that is eligible to be claimed, or could be eligible to be claimed if the stamping
agent kept accounts on an accrual basis, as a deduction pursuant to § 166 of the Internal Revenue Code. A bad debt shall not include (i) any interest on the wholesale price of cigarettes,
(ii) uncollectible amounts on property that remains in the possession of the stamping
agent until the full purchase price is paid, (iii) expenses incurred in attempting
to collect any account receivable or any portion of the debt recovered, (iv) any accounts
receivable that have been sold to a third party for collection, and (v) repossessed
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