Cigarette Taxes Fluctuate Widely Across USA

January 26, 2018 Taxation in USA

cigarette taxWASHINGTON D.C. – The taxes on cigarettes range widely across the USA, and the differences may be leading to smuggling.

The Tax Foundation has released the results of their new research showing the range of taxes applied across different states in the USA on the sale of cigarettes.

All cigarettes sold in the USA are subject to a state tax and a federal tax.

The federal tax for a 20-pack of cigarettes is USD 1.0066, regardless of where it is sold.

However, the taxes levied by each individual state authority varies widely.

New York state and Connecticut levy the highest rate of tax, at USD 4.35 per pack, followed by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, at USD 4.25, USD 3.51, and USD 3.20 respectively.

Conversely, North Dakota, Georgia, and Virginia have the lowest tax rates at USD 0.44, USD 0.37, and USD 0.30 respectively.

The average rate of tax levied by a state authority on the sale of a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD 1.70 per pack.

The Tax Foundation claims that their previous research indicates that the high variability in tax rates lead to smuggling between states, especially in areas where a high-tax state borders and relatively low-tax state.