Skip to comments.Cigarette tax rises $1 a pack on Jan. 1 [TEXAS]
Posted on 12/09/2006 8:23:24 PM PST by Dubya
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Anyone able to calculate the hit Social Security would take if just half the smokers quit?- The beauty of smoking is the long period of time it takes to kill you- you pay in all those years and then, after an interminable amount of time and expense, you're a goner, and never collect a dime- Ain't Phillip Morris great!
Huge cigarette taxes don't do anything except make pork for politicians. "When you're too spineless to
cut spending, stick it to the smokers and claim it's for their own good!"
Comparing Excise Taxes on Cigarettes, Beer and Wine
Number of six-packs of beer that must be sold in Texas to produce the same state excise tax revenue generated by one carton of cigarettes: 36.8
Number of bottles of wine that must be sold in Texas to produce the same state excise tax revenue generated by one carton of cigarettes: 101.4
Excise Taxes Sales Taxes Tobacco Settlement Payments Total Smoker Payments
507,341,000 $261,377,000 $519,900,000 $1,288,618,000
TOTAL SMOKER CIGARETTE PAYMENTS TO TEXAS FY2005
Texas may very well be a GOP state but it's no longer a conservative state.
No need to dirve out of town. Mexican gangs are already bringing cigaretts up from Mexico. Mexican gang bangers in Dallas have been selling cigaretts from Mexico for a month now. Word on the street is profits are just OK now but January 1 they will jump up.
You don't know squat, Mr. Gray. Everybody will be buying cheap and tax-free from the online Indian reservation smokeshops. Because Texas got greedy and tried to force people to give up their tobacco, they will wind up forfeiting the revenue they would have continued to reap.
Tax revenues are fungible. When you introduce a lottery to fund education, the property/income/sales tax revenues that were previously used for education are replaced by the lottery money. The level of funding doesn't go up. It remains level and the property/income/sales tax revenues get diverted to different pet projects that the politicians really wanted to fund with a tax increase. The lottery is a voluntary tax on fools who expect to win.
Eventually, the lottery isn't enough and the politicians return to raise property/income/sales taxes to fund the insatiable appetite of the teacher's union.
Hey, that's even better!
Make sure you purchase with cash and collect your purchase in person. If you use a credit card and have the tobacco shipped to your home address, the BATFE and state will have the means to prosecute you for tax evasion.
Yep! You don't give the bast###s the gas tax either.
Whoa, what's this about the gas tax? Please explain.
Make it illegal. Put it to a consensus, and make those who vote to make it illegal put down their addresses. Send the zealots a bill for the difference. Let the black market reap the profits. That's my opinion.
So why are only 20-30% of the constituents forced to pay for the above instead of every citizen in Texas? Why is the burden being placed on smokers?
I thought Texas wanted a Smoke Free State? They talk out of both sides of their dirty mouths.........banning smokers, controlling smokers and restricting smokers, yet all the while, they can't balance a state budget withOUT the smokers.
Can't stand the high taxes?
Afraid to order off of the Internet?
Then start rolling your own!!! I find everything but the machine downtown at the local Smoke Shop. Also, Rite Aid and grocery stores also sell the bags of tobacco and the filtered tubes.
I roll out a beautiful carton for a little under $8 dollars. Premiums in my state are now up to $45-$50 a carton. Can you imagine the money I have saved over the past 4 years since I now roll my own? It's mind boggling.
$1.99 for 200 filtered tubes
Make your own cigarettes for as low as $6.99 per Carton! Smoke Quality FILTERED cigarettes that you make yourself using cigarette tubes (like a cigarette without the Cigarette tobacco), our cigarette making machines, and our "roll your own" cigarette tobacco.
-Stop Paying High Cigarette Taxes
-So Much Easier than "Roll Your Own" cigarettes!
If you don't drive out of state you don't use the extra gas so you don't give them the extra tax.
Got it! Another reason I like shopping online -- point, click, it's on the doorstep.
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