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Massachusetts Flavored Tobacco Ban Has Severe Impact on Tax Revenue

Since June 1, 2020, Massachusetts has banned the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. When signing the ban into law, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) argued that the ban, which is the broadest in the country, was enacted to limit youth uptake of nicotine products. While youth uptake is a very real concern which deserves the […]

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State Tax Changes Effective January 1, 2021

Table of Contents Key Findings Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia had notable tax changes take effect. Arkansas and Iowa reduced their corporate income tax rates and made other substantive changes to their corporate income tax base. Arizona and New Mexico increased their top marginal individual income tax rates by adding another bracket. Arkansas […]

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Indiana Lawmakers Consider Cigarette Tax Increase

Cigarette smokers in Indiana may be asked to pay a 200 percent higher state excise tax on their cigarettes if lawmakers move ahead with a recent proposal from legislative leaders. The current state tax rate is 99.5 cents per pack but the proposal would increase this rate to $3 per pack. That rate does not […]

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New York Lawmaker Looks to Sin Taxes Once More

This month, New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D) introduced A11123 which, if enacted, would increase the excise tax on ”other tobacco products” (including cigars) from 75 percent to 129 percent of wholesale value and the excise tax on vapor products from 20 percent to 48 percent of retail value. Excise taxes on tobacco products are […]

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Cigarette Taxes and Cigarette Smuggling by State, 2018

Key Findings: Excessive tax rates on cigarettes in some states induce substantial black and gray market movement of tobacco products into high-tax states from low-tax states or foreign sources. New York has the highest inbound smuggling activity, with an estimated 53.2 percent of cigarettes consumed in the state deriving from smuggled sources in 2018. New […]

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Tracking 2020 State and Local Tax Ballot Measure Results

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Taxation of Tobacco and Vapor Products on the Ballot in Oregon

Oregon voters will weigh in on taxation of tobacco and nicotine products next month. If voters pass Measure 108, the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health Programs Measure, it would increase taxes on cigarettes and cigars and introduce a new tax on vapor products beginning January 2021. The measure was passed by the Oregon […]

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State and Local Tax Ballot Measures to Watch on Election Day 2020

Featured Ballot Measures Arizona Proposition 207 Arizona Proposition 207 would legalize recreational marijuana and tax retail sales at 16 percent of retail price. Arizona forecasts roughly $166 million in excise tax revenue when the market has matured, and this revenue would be allocated to community colleges, police departments, fire departments, transportation funding, and a new Justice […]

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New Census Data Shows States Beat Revenue Expectations in FY 2020

Key Findings State tax collections declined 5.5 percent in FY 2020 according to new Census data, though actual losses are likely to be significantly lower after accounting for the shifting of income tax collections into the current fiscal year due to delayed tax filing deadlines. After a sharp initial drop under stay-at-home orders, sales tax […]

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Massachusetts Ban of Flavored Cigarettes Is Getting Expensive

On June 1, Massachusetts’ ban on sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, took effect. Flavored vapor products were already banned. When signing the ban into law, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) argued that the ban, which is the broadest in the country, was enacted to limit youth uptake of nicotine products. While youth uptake […]