Rhode Island Tobacco Sales Taxes 2019 Rhode Island: Tobacco Excise Taxes

Rhode Island:

Rhode Island Cigarette and Tobacco Excise Taxes

Total Rhode Island Cigarette Taxes Average Cost Per Pack Ranking (Highest to Lowest)
$3.75 / pack $8.87 / pack 5th / 51

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


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Rhode Island Tobacco Sales Taxes 2019 Current Rhode Island Tobacco Excise Tax Rates

At $3.75 / pack, Rhode Island has some of the highest state taxes on cigarettes in the United States

The primary excise taxes on tobacco in Rhode Island are on cigarettes, though many states also have taxes on other tobacco products like cigars, snuff, or e-cigarettes. The tax on cigarettes is $3.50 per pack of 20 cigarettes, $4.04 per pack of little cigars, 80% of wholesale cost taxed for tobacco other than cigarettes, little cigars and snuff (cigar tax capped at 50 cents per cigar). The tax on snuff is $1.00 per ounce with a minimum possible tax of $1.20.


Rhode Island cigarette sales tax rate

Rhode Island Cigarette Tax - $3.75 / pack

In Rhode Island, cigarettes are subject to a state excise tax of $3.75 per pack of 20. Cigarettes are also subject to Rhode Island sales tax of approximately $0.58 per pack, which adds up to a total tax per pack of $4.33.

The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in Rhode Island is $8.87, which is the 5th highest in the United States.


Rhode Island Other Tobacco Products sales tax rate

Rhode Island Other Tobacco Products Tax - 80% / Wholesale Price

In Rhode Island, other tobacco products are subject to a state excise tax of 80% / wholesale price as well as federal excise taxes (listed below).


Payment of Rhode Island 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 other tobacco products are due on the 10th day of each month.


Federal Tobacco Sales Taxes 2019 Federal Tobacco Excise Taxes

The price of all tobacco products sold in Rhode Island 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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