If you are a common US citizen seeking reasonable ways of buying your favorite smokes without going bankrupt this essay is strongly recommended for your sake!
Interstate Trade from the States with Low Taxes
Interstate Trade from Indian Reservation
International Trade - Stores Located Out of the USA
Interstate trade from the states with low taxes
This type of source has the fastest delivery time - several days. The cost of 1 carton of Marlboros for instance is around $25-$32, including shipping charges.
But this source is the least safe for customers. The danger lies in the possibility of being back taxed. We'll explain it further below.
There is an act in US Constitution called "The Jenkins Act" (15 U.S.C. §375-378, from 1949). This act requires any person who sells and ships cigarettes across a state line to a buyer, other than a licensed distributor, to report the sale to the buyer's state tobacco tax administrator. The act establishes misdemeanor penalties for violating the act. Compliance with this federal law by cigarette sellers enables states to collect cigarette excise taxes from consumers.
Consumers who use Internet to buy cigarettes from vendors in other states are liable for their own state's cigarette excise tax and, in some cases, sales and/or use taxes. Under this act, cigarette vendors who sell and ship cigarettes into another state to anyone other than a licensed distributor must report:
Online retailers did not comply with Jenkins Act for a very long time. At present the situation has changed and the overall state of affairs has taken different shapes.
- names and addresses of the persons to whom cigarette shipments were fulfilled
- brands of cigarettes shipped
- quantities of cigarettes shipped
On August 9, 2002 in Congress were discussed questions of enforcement of Jenkins Act, and they recommended the states to increase their efforts.
Nowadays some states like N.Y., Michigan, NJ, Massachusetts, Indiana, etc. put into action the enforcement by means of the following tool: They have been granted court decisions according to which some on-line retailers like Cigs4Cheap.com, dirtcheapcig.com, cycocigs.com, buydiscountcigarettes.com, and others must present the information about their customers to the Tax Departments.
Consequently, the City of New York, State of Michigan, NJ, Massachusetts and others have sent to thousands of customers strong requirements to pay excise taxes for earlier ordered cigarettes.
To view NYC Law Dept. release regarding several online stores click here.
Since early this year, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has been busy firing off 3,264 letters to online shoppers, ordering them to submit a check for unpaid cigarette taxes, plus interest and penalties - or risk fines and imprisonment. Like its tax-happy neighbors of New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut, the Bay State ranks in the five most expensive places in the United States to buy cigarettes. Massachusetts levies $1.50 a pack in state excise taxes, not counting state sales taxes and local taxes.
Massachusetts smokers are horrified by the state tax collectors, who acknowledge that they've obtained the names and addresses of www.dirtcheapcig.com customers but refuse to divulge their source.
The two possible culprits: DirtCheap and the United Parcel Service, which the company used to ship cigarettes. DirtCheap's lawyer told the Boston Globe that his client did not turn over the customer lists but said the state had obtained UPS spreadsheets with delivery records (DirtCheap did not respond to CNET News.com inquiries).
Note that if a lawsuit had been filed, UPS and DirtCheap would have been required to turn over their records. That's the normal proceeding that takes place in lawsuits, and no firm could be faulted for complying with a proper court order. But no lawsuits were filed at the time the taxocrats began sending out the threatening letters. To conclude, if UPS did divulge customer records, it might have done so voluntarily, a horrific privacy breach if true.
Are these authorities' actions of dispatching backtaxes notices lawful? What to do in case of receiving such letter? First and foremost, the question on everyone's lips is, "Can they do this? It can't be legal!" (http://www.nycclash.com/#Taxes)
They can and it's legal. Moreover, there are no constitutional violations involved. Also, it does no good to point fingers at others who buy all sorts of other products over the Internet and don't report taxes. It's tobacco and smokers who are demonized and persecuted, and as long as taxes can be levied they will strive hard to hound and bust the guilty ones, that's all!
We strongly urge anyone who received a bill to ask for written proof showing the purchases (order records, Invoices, etc.) before paying. Refuse to take their word for granted.
The New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal ("The Tribunal") is an independent agency created by the New York City Charter. The Tribunal has the responsibility of providing a fair, impartial, efficient, and knowledgeable forum in which disputes between taxpayers and the New York City Department of Finance (DOF) should be resolved.
The only impediment to seeking relief through the tribunal is that you must appoint either a lawyer or CPA to represent you. The necessary form is called "Power of Attorney."
In other states there are special institutions to dispute requests, bills for backtaxes. But, nevertheless, the best way to act is to avoid any possibility of being backtaxed.
As already mentioned above, they have to provide written proofs confirming the purchase/s.And in case they obtain this information from sources other than the stores themselves (like private carriers), they won't have the real proofs, because the only data carriers could provide are customers' addresses and the weight of the parcels. Thus the chances to dispute are much higher.
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