Alaska: Tobacco Excise Taxes
Alaska Cigarette and Tobacco Excise Taxes
|Total Alaska Cigarette Taxes||Average Cost Per Pack||Ranking (Highest to Lowest)|
|$2.00 / pack||$8.81 / 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 Alaska and Federal levels. Excise taxes on tobacco are implemented by every state, as are excises on alcohol and motor fuels like gasoline.
Current Alaska Tobacco Excise Tax Rates
The primary excise taxes on tobacco in Alaska are on cigarettes, though many states also have taxes on other tobacco products like cigars, snuff, or e-cigarettes. The tax on cigarettes is $2-$2.25 per pack containing 20 cigarettes and products containing tobacco other than cigarettes have a tax of 75% of the wholesale price. Many boroughs and cities collect local excise taxes - for example, Anchorage charges a $2.39/pack local excise tax, Juneau collects $3.00/pack, and Fairbanks collects $0.30/pack.
Alaska Cigarette Tax - $2.00 / pack
In Alaska, cigarettes are subject to a state excise tax of $2.00 per pack of 20. There is no sales tax on cigarettes in Alaska, so only the state and federal excise taxes apply.
The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in Alaska is $8.81, which is the 5th highest in the United States.
Alaska Other Tobacco Products Tax - 75% / Wholesale Price
In Alaska, other tobacco products are subject to a state excise tax of 75% / wholesale price as well as federal excise taxes (listed below).
Alaska Recreational Marijuana Tax - $50 / Ounce
Recreational marijuana is legal in Alaska, 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 Alaska tax of $50 / ounce.
An excise levy of $50 per ounce of marijuana is collected from cultivators
Payment of Alaska 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 are due on the last day of each month.
Federal Tobacco Excise Taxes
The price of all tobacco products sold in Alaska 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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