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Cigars & More Faces License Suspension Over Alleged Tax Nonpayment

Cigars & More, located at 64 Middlesex Turnpike, will have its license suspended as of Jan. 1 for alleged nonpayment of taxes on its tobacco products and electronic nicotine devices.

The amount of taxes owed were not disclosed. The suspension will last 30 to 90 days.

Burlington Health Agent Marlene Johnson was informed of the pending license suspension by the Dept. of Revenue, which collects taxes for the state, and she reported the issue at the Dec. 13 Board of Health Meeting.

Johnson was asked if it was the town’s responsibility to enforce the closing, and she replied no, but that she would drive by to make sure the business is in compliance.

“And if they’re not I’ll contact a representative,” she said.

Cigars & More has been in business since 2011. A call to the establishment has a recording that says the person you’re trying to reach does not have a voice mailbox set up yet.

On a visit to the store, a manager, who asked not to be named, said the establishment does not owe any taxes. However, it will be closing from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 for reasons other than taxes.

“We have a family occasion so we are the closing the store,” she said. A sign at the front of the premises states the same thing.

The manager added that the store has not received any notifications from the state.