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|Subject: Cigarette Taxes vs. Cigarette Smuggling||Date: 1/10/2013 6:19 PM|
|Author: MadCapitalist||Number: 665659 of 753344|
Cigarette Taxes vs. Cigarette Smuggling
"Three of every five cigarettes consumed in New York State were smuggled in from lower-tax states in 2011, according to new estimates from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free-market research organization in Michigan. That is the highest smuggling rate in the country.
Perhaps not coincidentally, New York State also has the highest cigarette tax rate — $4.35 per pack, not counting the additional $1.50 per pack levied in New York City.
New Hampshire had the highest share of its cigarettes — 26.8 percent — smuggled out of the state. The state cut its tax rate in 2011 by 10 cents to $1.68, still slightly higher than the national average. But it is surrounded by states with much higher tax rates. In Massachusetts, for example, the tax was $2.51 per pack."
Hmmm... I wonder if there is any connection. ;-)
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