everytime a state raises taxes on cigarettes the revenue "windfall" comes in below expectations because they didn't think that some people would quit or some would go across state lines, etc.Buying across State lines (including over the Internet) is illegal, unless you file an Illinois Cigarette Use Tax form (I forgot the form number) and Illinois RT-44 (general) Use Tax form. I once got tagged for over $6,000 in Cigarette Tax @ $.98/pack + general use tax on everything I bought over the Internet. They sent me copies of every invoice for cigarette purchases I had made over a number of years from esmokes.com I guess Illinois subpoenaed the company's records. They didn't go into other purchases I'd made for computer parts, but I wanted to put it behind me, so I tracked what I had bought over the time frame levied, as best as I could, and ponied up. I sent a check net of the interest and penalties they levied and asked that they forgive those, because I really didn't know that I had to pay these taxes - Springfield didn't respond to my request, one way or the other. I now submit required Use Tax forms, of which I am aware, with payment, and I haven't bought cigarettes over the Internet since.I bought a kayak in Missouri in 1999. I didn't realize that Illinois required that a damn kayak be titled, registered and Use Tax, if any, paid on an out-of-State purchase of a small kayak until last year when I started using it again on Illinois DNR lakes, and checked more thoroughly into Illinois regulations. I had misplaced the Bill of Sale and Certificate of Origin. Thankfully, the dealer where I had bought the "craft" still had me on file, provide required documentation and the manufacturer, Old Town, provided a replacement Certificate of Origin - Otherwise, Illinois would have required that I pay Use Tax, on top of sales tax I had paid to Missouri when/where I bought it, plus interest and penalties.This is a disaster.Pretty much.just my .o2Bob
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