California Tobacco Sales Taxes 2017 California: Tobacco Excise Taxes


California Cigarette and Tobacco Excise Taxes

Total California Cigarette Taxes Average Cost Per Pack Ranking (Highest to Lowest)
$0.87 / pack $5.53 / pack 30th / 51

In addition to (or instead of) traditional sales taxes, cigarettes and other tobacco products are subject to excise taxes on both the California and Federal levels. Excise taxes on tobacco are implemented by every state, as are excises on alcohol and motor fuels like gasoline.

California Tobacco Sales Taxes 2017 Current California Tobacco Excise Tax Rates

California has average taxes on cigarettes compared to other states in the United States

The primary excise taxes on tobacco in California are on cigarettes, though many states also have taxes on other tobacco products like cigars, snuff, or e-cigarettes. The tax on cigarettes is $0.87 per pack containing 20 cigarettes and a tax on all other tobacco products of 28.95% of manufacturer's selling price.

California cigarette sales tax rate

California Cigarette Tax - $0.87 / pack

In California, cigarettes are subject to a state excise tax of $0.87 per pack of 20. Cigarettes are also subject to California sales tax of approximately $0.43 per pack, which adds up to a total tax per pack of $1.30. California's cigarette excise tax rate has not been changed in over a decade.

The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in California is $5.53, which is the 30th highest in the United States.

California Other Tobacco Products sales tax rate

California Other Tobacco Products Tax - 28.13% / Wholesale Price

In California, other tobacco products are subject to a state excise tax of 28.13% / wholesale price as well as federal excise taxes (listed below).

Tobacco tax rates are changed yearly in California, effective July 1st.

Payment of California 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 25th day of each month.

Federal Tobacco Sales Taxes 2017 Federal Tobacco Excise Taxes

The price of all tobacco products sold in California also includes Federal Tobacco excise taxes, which are collected from the manufacturer by the 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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