The headline on an April 2 article regarding “roll-your-own” (RYO) tobacco shops says, “Roll-your-own smokes tax has retailers fuming.”
Retailers we collectively represent are not “fuming” about the current proposal before the Legislature. We support it. The only “retailers” not supporting it are the outlets for cheap cigarettes that have taken advantage of a tax loophole.
Legitimate retailers such as grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations currently sell cigarettes with tax stamps and collect the proper state and federal taxes. For many convenience stores, cigarette sales can be upwards of 30 percent of their total annual revenue.