Death by State Taxes

There are only 2 thing that are guaranteed in America, Death and Taxes. Below is the list of what was paid state by state for cigars. Some states should probably be brought up on charges for rape. Some states definitely showed the love. All prices below are based upon a $10.00 stick.

  1. Alabama 0.4% $10.04
  2. Alaska 75% $17.50
  3. Arizona 2.2% $10.22
  4. Arkansas 68% but with a $0.50 tax cap $10.50
  5. California 28.95% $12.90
  6. Colorado 40% $14.00
  7. Connecticut 50% but with a $0.50 tax cap $10.50
  8. Delaware 15% $11.50
  9. Florida no tax $10.00
  10. Georgia 23% $12.30
  11. Hawaii 50% $15.00
  12. Idaho 40% $14.00
  13. Indiana 24% $12.40
  14. Illinois 36% $13.60
  15. Iowa 50% but with a $0.50 tax cap $10.50
  16. Kansas 10% $11.00
  17. Kentucky 15% $11.50
  18. Louisiana 20% $12.00
  19. Maine 20% $12.00
  20. Maryland 15% $11.50
  21. Massachusetts 40% $14.00
  22. Michigan 32% but with a $0.50 tax cap $10.50
  23. Minnesota 95% but with a $3.50 tax cap $13.50
  24. Mississippi 15% $11.50
  25. Missouri 10% $11.00
  26. Montana 50% $15.00
  27. Nebraska 20% $12.00
  28. Nevada 30% $13.00
  29. New Hampshire no tax $10.00
  30. New Jersey 30% $ 13.00
  31. New Mexico 25% $12.50
  32. New York 28.5% $12.85 but places like New York City are much higher.
  33. North Carolina 12.8% $11.28
  34. North Dakota 28% $12.80
  35. Ohio 17% $11.70
  36. Oklahoma 1.2% $10.12
  37. Oregon 65% but with a $0.50 tax cap $10.50
  38. Pennsylvania no tax $10.00
  39. Rhode Island 80% but with a $0.50 tax cap $10.50
  40. South Carolina 5% $10.50
  41. South Dakota 35% $13.50
  42. Tennessee 6.6% $10.66
  43. Texas 0.15% $10.02
  44. Utah 86% $18.60
  45. Vermont 92% but with a $4.00 tax cap $14.00
  46. Virginia 10% $11.00
  47. Washington 95% but with a $0.65 tax cap $10.65
  48. West Virginia 7% $10.70
  49. Wisconsin 71% but with a $0.50 tax cap $10.50
  50. Wyoming 20% $12.00
  51. Washington DC. 67% $16.70

As you can see if you are in Flordia, Pennsylvania, or New Hampshire your local taxes are the Bain of your smoking happiness. Texas gets an honorable mention and most of the better shops in Texas have taken steps to hide the minimal tax. States with a cap except for Minnesota and Vermont make it better to get a more expensive cigar. Shame on you Alaska. If you are in Alaska I suspect that the online cigar purchases are significantly higher than other states.

I will however mention that Canada has a tax on cigars so high I often see people fly into Houston, buy as many boxes of cigars as can be fit into a decent size suitcase and fly back. They claim that it is cheaper than the taxes for the round trip flight and the purchase of cigars.

For those going on Vacation to the places that tax high, bring your own smokes. And if you are in those places and traveling to where the taxes are low, Xikar makes great travel Humidors so fill your stash up. http://www.xikar.com/products/containers/travel-humidors/

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes.

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