Latest Vaping Tax News
If you thought tax season was over, think again. It seems like tax season is year round in the vaping world, as multiple jurisdictions and states continue to try to hike taxes on e-liquids and e-cigarettes. We recently spoke with CASAA’s Executive Director Alex Clark about the importance of calls to action. He said that advocacy fatigue is real and that “we are always working to find a balance. In an effort to not wear people out, CASAA uses digital advocacy services that enable us to engage members on local, state or federal levels. If someone in Florida receives all of the alerts from Minnesota, I imagine they’d get pretty tired of it.” In an effort to streamline the process, here is the latest breakdown by state:
Utah: HB88 is on the table, which would place a whopping 86.5 percent tax on vaping products. The proposed tax, which is sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield), is currently with the state’s House committee. Deseret News reports that the committee has recommended to amend the rate down to 29 percent, equaling the state’s current analog cigarette tax. HB88 is now with the full House.
Washington State: HB2165 is looking at a 60 percent tax hike, a measure that lawmakers are claiming would “price vape products out of the reach of young people,” according to Vaping Daily. The blog says that SmokeFree Pennsylvania Executive Director Bill Godshall personally wrote to Senate Committee members: “the tax and its effects were ‘disastrous’ and called vape products ‘lifesaving.’” He should know. His state’s 40 percent tax has effectively taken vaping out of the hands of the adults who so desperately need it. HB2165 is currently with the state’s Appropriations Committee.
New Jersey: S-1184 would tax 75 percent on e-cigarette distributors and wholesalers and place various taxes on other tobacco and smokeless tobacco products. NorthJersey.com reports that the estimated revenue from the taxes would be around $65 million.
Kentucky: We’ll end this blog on a high note, with some confusion in Kentucky. Legislators passed a huge state tax overhaul bill in April claiming a 15 percent tax on e-cigarettes. However, that component of HB366 was dropped at the last minute, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. But, the Herald Leader reports, “They did not spread the word to everyone at the Capitol as the bill was introduced and rushed to final passage in a matter of hours.” In turn, the summary of the bill sent to the media still included the e-cig tax. John Cox, spokesman for Senate Republican leaders, declined to say why the late changes were made, and Philip Morris declined to comment regarding the late change, according to the Northern Kentucky Tribune.