SB 409-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 409-FN
AN ACT relative to the taxation of moist snuff tobacco products.
SPONSORS: Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Rep. J. Graham, Hills. 7; Rep. D. Sullivan, Hills. 8
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
This bill establishes a tax for moist snuff as a tobacco product.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
XIV. "Tobacco products'' means cigarettes, loose tobacco, smokeless tobacco, moist snuff, and cigars, but shall not include premium cigars.
XXV. "Moist snuff" means any finely cut, ground, or powdered tobacco that is not intended to be smoked, but shall not include any finely cut, ground, or powdered tobacco that is intended to be placed in the nasal cavity.
78:7-c Tax Imposed on Tobacco Products Other Than Cigarettes and Moist Snuff. A tax upon the retail consumer is hereby imposed on tobacco products other than cigarettes and moist snuff at a rate of 65.03 percent of the wholesale sales price. The tax under this section may be rounded to the nearest cent if the commissioner determines that the amount of tax would not thereby be made materially disproportionate. No such tax is imposed on any transactions, the taxation of which by this state is prohibited by the Constitution of the United States. No such tax shall be imposed on premium cigars.
I. A consumer who purchases, imports, receives, or otherwise acquires tobacco products from other than a licensed retailer or licensed vending machine operator and without documentation to evidence tax paid under this chapter shall file, on or before the last day of the month following each month in which such tobacco products were acquired, a return on a form prescribed by the commissioner together with payment of the tax imposed by this chapter at the rate provided in RSA 78:7, [and] RSA 78:7-c, and RSA 78:7-e. The return shall report the number of tobacco products purchased, imported, received, or otherwise acquired during the previous calendar month and any additional information the commissioner may require.
78:7-e Tax Imposed on Moist Snuff. A tax upon the retail consumer is hereby imposed on moist snuff at the rate of $1.68 per ounce and a proportionate tax for any other quantity or fractional part thereof. The tax under this section may be rounded to the nearest cent if the commissioner determines that the amount of tax would not thereby be made materially disproportionate. No such tax is imposed on any transactions, the taxation of which by this state is prohibited by the Constitution of the United States.
SB 409-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ X ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill adds a definition of moist snuff and proposes to tax it at $1.68 per ounce and a proportionate tax for any other quantity or fractional part thereof. Under current law, moist snuff is taxed as other tobacco product at a rate of 65.03% of the wholesale sales price. The Department of Revenue Administration is unable to determine the fiscal impact to the State General Fund and Education Trust Fund of taxing moist snuff by weight because the Department does not have complete data on existing sales volumes by weight of moist snuff in the State. Wholesalers who sell smokeless tobacco in the State are required to file a monthly return that requires the wholesaler to report their sales, in dollars, of smokeless tobacco products sold or distributed in the State. The filings from wholesalers do not breakdown the type of smokeless tobacco, which includes moist snuff. The Department does know that in fiscal year 2017, there was $13,921,193 in smokeless tobacco sales in the State, which includes moist snuff and all other forms of smokeless tobacco, that resulted in $9,052,952 in tobacco tax paid.
The Department states it would need to update all necessary tax return forms and electronic management systems related to taxing moist snuff by weight. The Department is able to administer this bill within its operating budget.
Department of Revenue Administration
|Jan. 10, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 17, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 3, 2018||To Be Introduced 01/03/2018 and Referred to Ways and Means; SJ 1|
|Jan. 10, 2018||==CANCELLED== Hearing: 01/10/2018, Room 100, SH, 09:20 am; SC 49|
|Jan. 17, 2018||Hearing: 01/17/2018, Room 100, SH, 10:00 am; SC 3|
|Feb. 22, 2018||Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study, 02/22/2018; SC 8|
|Feb. 22, 2018||Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 02/22/2018; SJ 5|