Massachusetts Tobacco Sales Taxes 2021 Massachusetts: Tobacco Excise Taxes


Massachusetts Cigarette and Tobacco Excise Taxes

Total Massachusetts Cigarette Taxes Average Cost Per Pack Ranking (Highest to Lowest)
$3.51 / pack $9.08 / pack 2nd / 51

In addition to (or instead of) traditional sales taxes, cigarettes and other tobacco products are subject to excise taxes on both the Massachusetts and Federal levels. Excise taxes on tobacco are implemented by every state, as are excises on alcohol and motor fuels like gasoline.

  • Other Massachusetts Excise Taxes:
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Fuel

Massachusetts Tobacco Sales Taxes 2021 Current Massachusetts Tobacco Excise Tax Rates

At $3.51 / pack, Massachusetts has some of the highest state taxes on cigarettes in the United States

The primary excise taxes on tobacco in Massachusetts are on cigarettes, though many states also have taxes on other tobacco products like cigars, snuff, or e-cigarettes. The tax on cigarettes and little cigars is $3.51 per pack of 20 cigarettes and $4.3875 per pack of 25 cigarettes plus federal excise tax, there is a tax of 40% of wholesale price on cigars and smoking tobacco and 210% of wholesale price for smokeless tobacco.

Massachusetts cigarette sales tax rate

Massachusetts Cigarette Tax - $3.51 / pack

In Massachusetts, cigarettes are subject to a state excise tax of $3.51 per pack of 20. Cigarettes are also subject to Massachusetts sales tax of approximately $0.53 per pack, which adds up to a total tax per pack of $4.04.

The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in Massachusetts is $9.08, which is the 2nd highest in the United States.

Massachusetts Other Tobacco Products sales tax rate

Massachusetts Other Tobacco Products Tax - 40% / Wholesale Price

In Massachusetts, other tobacco products are subject to a state excise tax of 40% / wholesale price as well as federal excise taxes (listed below).

Massachusetts legal marijuana / pot sales tax rate

Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Tax - 10.75% / Product Value

Recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, and is subject to state taxes. There are no federal excise taxes collected on marijuana, since it is still seen as illegal under Federal laws.

Currently, recreational marijuana is subject to a Massachusetts tax of 10.75% / product value.

In addition to the state excise tax of 10.75%, the Massachusetts sales tax applies to marijuana sales as well as local levies of up to 3%.

Payment of Massachusetts Tobacco Excise Taxes

Payments of tobacco excise taxes are made by vendors, not by consumers, though the taxes will be passed on in the tobacco's retail price. Sales reports and payments of cigarettes and tobacco products are due on the 20th of each month.

Federal Tobacco Sales Taxes 2021 Federal Tobacco Excise Taxes

The price of all tobacco products sold in Massachusetts also includes Federal Tobacco excise taxes, which are collected from the manufacturer by the Tobacco and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and generally passed on to the consumer in the product's price. Federal excise tax rates on tobacco products are as follows:

Cigars and Cigarettes

Small Cigarettes $50.33 per 1,000 cigarettes, or $1.01 per pack of 20
Large Cigarettes $105.69 per 1,000 cigarettes, or $2.11 per pack of 20
Small Cigars $50.33 per 1,000 cigars, or $1.01 per pack of 20
Large Cigars 52.75% of sales price but not to exceed $402.60 per 1,000 cigars, or $0.4026 maximum each

Other Tobacco Products

Pipe Tobacco $2.8311 per pound, or $0.1769 per one-ounce tin
Chewing Tobacco $0.5033 per pound, or $0.0315 per one-ounce tin
Snuff $1.51 per pound, or $0.0944 per one-ounce tin
Roll-your-own Tobacco $24.78 per pound, or $1.5488 per one-ounce tin

There are also federal excise taxes on cigarette rolling paper and cigarette tubes.

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