Washington: Tobacco Excise Taxes
Washington Cigarette and Tobacco Excise Taxes
|Total Washington Cigarette Taxes||Average Cost Per Pack||Ranking (Highest to Lowest)|
|$3.03 / pack||$8.05 / pack||8th / 51|
In addition to (or instead of) traditional sales taxes, cigarettes and other tobacco products are subject to excise taxes on both the Washington and Federal levels. Excise taxes on tobacco are implemented by every state, as are excises on alcohol and motor fuels like gasoline.
Current Washington Tobacco Excise Tax Rates
The primary excise taxes on tobacco in Washington are on cigarettes, though many states also have taxes on other tobacco products like cigars, snuff, or e-cigarettes. The tax on cigarettes is $3.025 per pack of 20 cigarettes.
Washington Cigarette Tax - $3.03 / pack
In Washington, cigarettes are subject to a state excise tax of $3.03 per pack of 20. Cigarettes are also subject to Washington sales tax of approximately $0.49 per pack, which adds up to a total tax per pack of $3.52.
The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in Washington is $8.05, which is the 8th highest in the United States.
Washington Other Tobacco Products Tax - 95% / Wholesale Price
In Washington, other tobacco products are subject to a state excise tax of 95% / wholesale price as well as federal excise taxes (listed below).
Little cigars are taxed as cigarettes. The tax on Snuff per ounce is $2.105
Washington Recreational Marijuana Tax - 37% / Retail Price
Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington, 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 Washington tax of 37% / retail price.
The excise tax on legal marijuana/pot is 37 percent on retail sales.
Payment of Washington 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 15th day of each month.
Federal Tobacco Excise Taxes
The price of all tobacco products sold in Washington 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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