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October 22, 2013

Tobacco tax seen as fueling black market


The state expects to bring in $688 million in total tobacco taxes this year. DOR factored in a $57 million to $64 million “downward adjustment” caused by the price increases, and the state will take in slightly less in the first fiscal year of the new taxes because the tax went into effect after the beginning of the year.

Reynolds executive Steven Gentry counted “social acceptance of tax evasion” among the public policy reasons to clamp down on the illegal cigarette trade.

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