Cigar Taxes by State

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This table contains the large cigar tax rates for each state in the U.S. Taxes are based off prices retailers purchase cigars from manufacturers and distributors. Every premium cigar imported to the U.S. is taxed at 52.75% of the wholesale price, capped at 40.26 cents per cigar.

The example price is the estimated price of a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 in each respective state. It is to show a real world example of how taxes affect a cigar’s price state-by-state. There is no exact science as retailers assess the tax to consumers in various manners.

StateTaxCapExample Price ($9.50 MSRP)Source
Alabama4.05 cents/cigar9.59Link
Alaska75%16.63Link
Arizona21.8 cents/cigar9.94Link
Arkansas68%50 cents10.50Link
California65.08%$15.68Link
Colorado40%13.30Link
Connecticut50%50 cents10.50Link
Delaware15%10.93Link
FloridaNone9.50Link
Georgia23%11.69Link
Hawaii50%14.25Link
Idaho40%13.30Link
Illinois36%12.92Link
Indiana24%11.78Link
Iowa50%50 cents10.50Link
Kansas10%10.45Link
Kentucky15%10.93Link
Louisiana20%11.40Link
Maine20%11.40Link
Maryland15%10.93Link
Massachusetts40%13.30Link
Michigan32%50 cents10.50Link
Minnesota95%50 cents10.50Link
Mississippi15%10.93Link
Missouri10%10.45Link
Montana50%14.25Link
Nebraska20%11.40Link
Nevada30%12.35Link
New HampshireNone9.50Link
New Jersey30%12.35Link
New Mexico25%11.88Link
New York75%*12.21Link
North Carolina12.85%10.72Link
North Dakota28%12.16Link
Ohio17%50 cents$10.50Link
Oklahoma12 cents/cigar9.74Link
Oregon65%50 cents10.50Link
PennsylvaniaNone9.50Link
Rhode Island80%50 cents10.50Link
South Carolina5.5%10.02Link
South Dakota35%12.83Link
Tennessee6.6%10.13Link
Texas1.1 cents/cigar9.52Link
Utah86%17.67Link
Vermont92%$2 (Cigars Under $10)/$4 ($10+)13.50Link
Virginia10%10.45Link
Washington95%65 cents10.80Link
Washington D.C.None9.50Link
West Virginia7%10.17Link
Wisconsin71%50 cents10.50Link
Wyoming20%11.40Link

*New York’s cigar tax is set at 75 percent, but the state has established an “industry standard relief” that can be applied in some instances. This rate is effectively 28.5 percent of the wholesale price. More details on the industry standard can be found here.

Last updated: April. 10, 2017.

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