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[UK] Delegation to visit North Carolina tobacco fields

A fact-finding delegation that includes a congresswoman from Ohio and two members of the British Parliament are visiting North Carolina tobacco fields to examine human rights conditions.
AP - Associated Press
added Jul 29, 2014 16:14
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[Kansas] Citizen’s petition calls for smoking ban on Massachusetts Street

Lawrence software developer Mike DuPont says he is sick of walking on Massachusetts Street and smelling like cigarette smoke when he gets home. He especially doesn't want to expose his 2-month-old baby to it. So he recently started an online petition to
Lawrence (KS) Journal-World
added Jul 29, 2014 12:43
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Testimony of Rocky Patel Owner, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Inc. before the United States Senate Committee on Finance Tobacco: Taxes Owed, Avoided, and Evaded July 29, 2014 (PDF)

The premium cigar industry would like to work with Congress and regulators on this issue. One constructive approach would be to define “premium cigar” in the Internal Revenue Code, which would distinguish between non-premium, “lighter” large cigars and p
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
added Jul 29, 2014 12:20
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STATEMENT OF RONALD J. BERNSTEIN PRESIDENT AND CEO OF LIGGETT VECTOR BRANDS LLC BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

the renegade tobacco industry has also re-labeled “little cigars” as “filtered cigars” while making minimal changes to the weight of the product. This has created another tax dodge that has cost the federal government close to $900 million. Together wi
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
added Jul 29, 2014 12:18
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TOBACCO TAXES / Disparities in Rates for Similar Smoking Products Continue to Drive Market Shifts to Lower-Taxed Options: Statement of David Gootnick, Director, International Affairs and Trade (PDF)

In its 2012 report, GAO suggested that Congress consider equalizing tax rates on roll-your-own and pipe tobacco and, in consultation with Treasury, consider options for reducing tax avoidance due to tax differentials between small and large cigars
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
added Jul 29, 2014 12:15
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Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau John J. Manfreda, Administrator Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (PDF)

given the increased financial incentives for unlawful diversion following tobacco tax rate increases, illicit schemes to evade federal excise taxes will continue to evolve and require an ongoing and dedicated enforcement presence to address them.
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
added Jul 29, 2014 12:08
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Hatch Statement at Finance Committee Hearing on Tobacco Taxation (PDF)

Given the fact that roll-your-own tobacco is taxed at around 10 times the rate of pipe tobacco, this market shift deserves our attention. ... Though we’re talking about a specific set of federal excise taxes on a product that is controversial, that sho
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
added Jul 29, 2014 11:11
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LIVE VIDEO: Tobacco: Taxes Owed, Avoided, and Evaded

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
added Jul 29, 2014 11:08
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Statement of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) “Tobacco: Taxes Owed, Avoided and Evaded” / United States Senate Committee on Finance (PDF)

• Many Native American tribes and tribal retailers are abusing their sovereignty to evade state taxes on sales of tobacco. Such tribes and retailers abuse their ability to sell tax-free to their own members and expand those sales to non-members even thou
National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)
added Jul 29, 2014 11:04
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Wyden Statement on Tobacco Tax Avoidance and Evasion

Today the Finance Committee will examine a classic case of tax evasion: How dozens of companies making tobacco products dodge taxes owed under current law by changing only a few words on packaging labels. This evasion fleeces taxpayers out of billions of
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
added Jul 29, 2014 11:00
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