Summary

1/31/2013--Introduced.Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2013 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to tax pipe tobacco, smokeless tobacco products, and large cigars at the same level as cigarettes.... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 31, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax rate parity among all tobacco products, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHING EXCISE TAX EQUITY AMONG ALL TOBACCO PRODUCT TAX RATES.

(a) Tax Parity for Pipe Tobacco and Roll-Your-Own Tobacco.--Section 5701(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking ``$2.8311 cents'' and inserting ``$24.78''. (b) Tax Parity for Smokeless Tobacco.-- (1) Section 5701(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended-- (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``$1.51'' and inserting ``$13.42''; (B) in paragraph (2), by striking ``50.33 cents'' and inserting ``$5.37''; and (C) by adding at the end the following: ``(3) Smokeless tobacco sold in discrete single-use units.--On discrete single-use units, $50.33 per thousand.''. (2) Section 5702(m) of such Code is amended-- (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``or chewing tobacco'' and inserting ``chewing tobacco, or discrete single-use unit''; (B) in paragraphs (2) and (3), by inserting ``that is not a discrete single-use unit'' before the period in each such paragraph; (C) by adding at the end the following: ``(4) Discrete single-use unit.--The term `discrete single- use unit' means any product containing tobacco that-- ``(A) is not intended to be smoked; and ``(B) is in the form of a lozenge, tablet, pill, pouch, dissolvable strip, or...

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State: CA

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I oppose S. 194: Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2013 because...tobacco taxes are high already. Too high . These tobacco taxes are NOT making anyone quit smoking, or using other forms of tobacco. Now that many of us smokers roll our own cigarettes to save some money over having to spend upwards of FIFTY DOLLARS PLUS TENNESSEE'S BURDENSOM, NEARLY TEN PERCENT, SALES TAX on top of the cost of EVERY carton of cigarettes (four per month myself) it's gone past inexcusable in light of the high tobacco taxes already in place to even CONSIDER nearly DOUBLING the current tax rate on roll-your-own tobacco, amongst other already highly taxed tobacco products, to ostensibly fund Pre-K programs for the "disadvantaged", the cost of which is going to be flipped onto the states over a ten year period! And, I'm NOT THAT stupid! Where are the states going to come up with the hundreds of millions to pay for these programs? US! So, here we go being DOUBLY taxed! Why is it that only these so-called "disadvantaged" (so-called "minorities", and illegal aliens) are allowed a head start on education, and given early education over, and above those of us that PAY THE MOST TAXES, PRODUCE, WORK FOR WHAT WE HAVE?

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TN
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MichaelDriver
TN-6
1 year ago

I oppose S. 194: Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2013 Abolish the tax.

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CA
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EXPOSE-CAFR
CA-6
1 year ago

I oppose S. 194: Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2013 because...no more taxes.stop spending.all i read is taxes.dont waste what is already extorted from the american people.tighten youre belts like every one else.all of you in washington need to chop cotton in 110 degree texas sun.so you would know what real work is.

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TX
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bettyb23
TX-13
1 year ago

I oppose S. 194 ("A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax rate parity") because...I am disabled and smoke a pipe to help deal with the nausea caused by the chemotherapy class drugs I have to take. Taxes of this type would price tobacco out of my price range.

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CO
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Huffelpuff
CO-7
2 years ago

I oppose S. 194 ("A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax rate parity") because... I am a pipe smoker and pipe tobacco is not consumed in the same manner as tobacco used in cigarettes and as such should not be taxed in the same manner or level.

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TX
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monbla256
TX-6
2 years ago

I oppose S. 194 ("A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax rate parity") because...Ithis isn't an equity tax, it's a punishment tax. Cigarettes were hit with huge taxes because they cause enormous damage to the community through escalated medical costs and they are dangerously addictive. Pipe tobacco is not associated with the plague of the 20th century cigarette smoker. Pipe tobacco is a natural product whereas cigarettes were engineered to be stimulants and to be addictive. Comparing the dangers and costs of pipes and cigarettes is ridiculous. They are apples and oranges. This is a punishment and control tax, as there is no great health burden looming from, nor a pending addiction issue caused by pipe tobacco. You're more likely to get cancer from breathing the smog in the air than you are from the occasional enjoyment of a pipe. This tax is about a special interest group with a misguided agenda riding on the coat tails of an issue unrelated to what they are selling. This is about a nanny state squashing civil liberties, an entirely unproductive thing no matter your political affiliation. It is wholly unamerican.

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CA
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briarsmoke
CA-7
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/31/2013--Introduced.Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2013 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to tax pipe tobacco, smokeless tobacco products, and large cigars at the same level as cigarettes. Revises the definition of "tobacco products" to include any other product containing tobacco that is intended or expected to be consumed. Makes smokeless tobacco products sold in discrete single-use units subject to an excise tax of $50.33 per thousand.

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