Illinois lawmakers need to make it cheaper to smoke a cigar within the state. A present proposal would cap the state’s per cigar tax to 50 cents, moderately than the present 36% price in place.
The Illinois Heart Sq. studies that Chief Sponsor 57th District Democrat Consultant Jonathan Carroll says the present taxation system drives many Illinois residents to order cigars on-line by wholesalers and on-line retailers to keep away from paying the excessive tax. In accordance with trade insiders, on-line gross sales of cigars have grown by 40% over the past twenty years.
The federal tax cap on giant cigars is 52.75% of the gross sales value, however to not exceed 40.26 cents per cigar.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is also presenting hurdles on the federal degree by reintroducing a tobacco tax improve as a part of a invoice that’s in any other case meant to handle maternal mortality. The Moms and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Consciousness Act (MOMMA’s Act) would change the tax code and deal with all the tobacco trade together with vaping merchandise as cigarettes. The result’s an estimated 500% to 1,000% improve on the tax for premium cigars and vaping supplies.
The Cigar Affiliation of Illinois and different tobacco representatives say that the unusually excessive taxes are depriving the state of revenues.