Roll-your-own cigarette stores going up in smoke
BY EMILY MORRIS Staff Reporter July 4, 2012 4:38PM
Updated: July 5, 2012 10:06AM
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For smokers who bargained on roll-your-own cigarette stores for cheap smokes, it looks like those days are numbered.
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The GAO found that a carton of RYO cigarettes cost half as much, or even less, than a carton of discount cigarettes at a store because of the lower taxes.
State and local governments have been trying to close the loophole as well, with Cook County raising taxes on RYO cigs in March and Illinois increasing the taxes on them last month, when the state sharply raised taxes on all tobacco products to help fund Medicaid. Starting Aug. 1, cigarettes made by RYO machines in Illinois stores will be taxed the same amount as company-manufactured cigarettes, and retail owners of the machines have to get a machine-operator license.
“It doesn’t matter where the cigarettes were rolled,” said Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue. “It matters that you walk out of the store with a pack of cigarettes.”
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All that matters is that the Leviathan State will protect it’s seizures of wealth by any means possible. And, find new and different ways of extracting wealth from the serfs in any way imaginable. If it “thinks” it can get away without arousing “We, The Sheeple”, then “they” will steal it from the people. Rich, poor, young, old. Matters not. Just keep the Blob growing.
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