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On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his 2014 federal budget proposal. In it, the President asks Congress to pass a 94¢/pack increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes, and nearly double the federal excise on all other tobacco products (dip, cigars, etc.). If passed, this would be the single-largest federal tax increase on tobacco products.
In 2000, the federal excise tax on cigarettes went from 24¢/pack to 34¢/pack. Today, it is $1.01/pack. If Congress passes the President’s proposed tax, adult tobacco consumers will pay $1.95/pack in federal excise taxes alone. That tax is on top of the state excise tax (an average of $1.21/pack), local excise taxes (NYC is $1.50/Chicago (city and county) is $3.68), and applicable sales taxes.
Add these up and you realize the government receives more than half (55%) of the sales price of a pack of cigarettes—$3.24 out of the average sales price per pack of $5.90. If the 94¢/pack increase passes, the government's share will increase to more than 60% ($4.18) of the sale price.
Now is not the time to raise taxes, and adult tobacco consumers should not be singled out every time the government needs extra funds.
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