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Cigarette Tax Increases January 1st
The Oregon Department of Revenue reminds smokers that the tax on cigarettes will be increasing on January 1st. Legislation that was enacted in a legislative session this fall increases the state tax on a 20-count pack of cigarettes by 13 cents: from $1.18 to $1.31.
Chris Wytoski, the manager of Oregon’s tobacco tax program says, “Usually, the consumer pays the tax as part of the price when purchasing cigarettes from an Oregon retailer. Consumers must remember they are responsible for filing and paying the tax on cigarettes purchased on-line or otherwise brought in from outside the state.”
Oregon’s total tobacco tax revenue, from cigarettes and other tobacco products, is about $250 million per year. The revenue supports the Oregon Health Plan, the state General Fund, and the Tobacco Use Reduction Account. Portions of cigarette tax revenue are also specifically dedicated to cities, counties, and public transit and, with recent legislation, mental health programs.
“We’ve been working with retailers and distributors to ensure the appropriate tax is paid on their inventory on January 1st,” Wytoski said. “Retailers who haven’t seen information about the special one-time tax return they need to file should contact us right away.”
Information for consumers, retailers, and distributors is available at www.oregon.gov/dor/tobacco.