More than half of the cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other places to avoid the Empire State's taxes on smokes, which have soared nearly 200 percent since 2006, according to a report issued by the conservative Tax Foundation.Thanks guys!
New York is the highest net importer of smuggled cigarettes -- illegal smokes account for 56.9 percent of the state's total market. New York's cigarettes tax is $4.35 per pack, the country's highest. The situation there isn't unique. The Tax Foundation also cites a study that found that 58.7 percent of discarded cigarettes found in five Northeastern cities lacked proper tax stamps.
Taxes on cigarettes, which are designed to discourage smoking, vary widely. States such as Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia have levies of less than a $1 per pack. These wide differences make smuggling "both a national problem and a lucrative criminal enterprise," according to the Tax Foundation.
Clearly revenue to the state was secondary to the State's beneficial screw them all tax on smokers. That's not quite how this story parses it though. It reveals that New York is in the game purely for the revenue they can get out of addicts. If you read the link it makes reference to one of the most oft heard and never seen bogeymen, the hit man. Have you ever noticed how 100% of the hit men you hear about are actually undercover police? It makes you wonder.
Oh well, now that the war is over there might be a few people interested in turning their hands to the profitable business of moving a perfectly legal commodity from one side of the New York border to the other side.
|Look!!!! A smuggler!|