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Fine for buying more than one carton of cigarettes across State line????

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Since: May 09

Walls, MS

#1 Jul 20, 2009
I have been informed from two different people in the last month that if you buy more than one carton of cigarettes in Missouri and bring them back to Arkansas that you can get a fine. I want to know how this can be legal? Some people like to stock up for the month. What is this world comming too?

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#2 Jul 20, 2009
Guitar Man35 wrote:
I have been informed from two different people in the last month that if you buy more than one carton of cigarettes in Missouri and bring them back to Arkansas that you can get a fine. I want to know how this can be legal? Some people like to stock up for the month. What is this world comming too?
It's all about the tax issue, and there has always been laws like that regarding the transport of certain items across State lines. But now that taxes are being raised, then they will probably be more vigilant about enforcing it because more money is involved. It has been the same way along the Arkansas/Tennessee border on in reverse, with people being fined for transporting cigarettes from Arkansas. Missouri literally has the lowest cigarette taxes in the country.
Who Cares

Blytheville, AR

#3 Jul 20, 2009
Who cares, I don't!
DUH

Marion, KY

#4 Jul 20, 2009
What-- wrote:
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It's all about the tax issue, and there has always been laws like that regarding the transport of certain items across State lines. But now that taxes are being raised, then they will probably be more vigilant about enforcing it because more money is involved. It has been the same way along the Arkansas/Tennessee border on in reverse, with people being fined for transporting cigarettes from Arkansas. Missouri literally has the lowest cigarette taxes in the country.
Actually S. Carolina has the lowest tax rate per pack,.07 cents, Missouri is second with taxes of .17 cents per pack.

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#5 Jul 20, 2009
There can be a tobacco trafficking czar.

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Paragould

#6 Jul 20, 2009
Blame GW for this one.

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Hog Thief Valley, Arkansas

#7 Jul 20, 2009
Throw a carton in your front seat and put the rest of them in your trunk.
selling

United States

#8 Jul 20, 2009
i doubt that this is the case,recently while test driving a vehicle i said jokingly something about smuggling a few cartons of cigs back across the border using their vehicle and their reply was really didnt know it was illegal,so with that being said what would a citation be issued for?Who would be responsible for issueing it?who would be in charge of enforcing it?Seems like it would fall under the enforcement wing of the atf if it was a enforcible law or under the i.r.s.
selling

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#9 Jul 20, 2009
I mean the issue would be tax evasion of some nature or something along the lines of smuggling duty free,i mean depending on how it was approached it could be considered a customs issue,atf issue,or i.r.s maybe dfa issue?

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#10 Jul 20, 2009
selling wrote:
i doubt that this is the case,recently while test driving a vehicle i said jokingly something about smuggling a few cartons of cigs back across the border using their vehicle and their reply was really didnt know it was illegal,so with that being said what would a citation be issued for?Who would be responsible for issueing it?who would be in charge of enforcing it?Seems like it would fall under the enforcement wing of the atf if it was a enforcible law or under the i.r.s.
Actually I'm pretty sure that it is State laws.
buying

Tampa, FL

#11 Jul 20, 2009
Send'em my way!

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#12 Jul 20, 2009
I've been looking for the specific law and came up pretty much blank. Everything I found talked about smuggling with the intent of resale and nothing about this 1 carton limit. I did find an interesting thing though.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/14/...

I guess this doesn't apply here because it isn't a matter of neighboring towns but instead a town next to a border that isn't in a town?

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#13 Jul 20, 2009
The following is from the website below:

http://www.tobacco.org/news/281873.html

With the new state cigarette tax in effect in Arkansas -- some people are finding cheaper smokes in Missouri. But before you head to the Show-Me-State, make sure youíre aware of an Arkansas law.

In Arkansas, the excise rate is 59 cents. In Missouri -- its mere change at 17 cents. But buying more than 11 packs of cigarettes in Missouri -- and bringing them back into Arkansas -- is a misdemeanor.

And if you bring more than nine cartons across the border -- it's a felony.

Some smokers believe with the economy in the shape itís in -- the law doesn't make much sense....

Arkansas state police -- and the Tobacco Control Department -- say they've made no individual arrests related to this law in 2009.

But three retail stores in our state have been hit with the felony charge.

Just a few weeks ago -- a state legislator tried to pass a bill which would make bringing in more than 2 out of state cartons a felony -- but that bill failed.

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#16 Jul 20, 2009
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I've been looking for the specific law and came up pretty much blank. Everything I found talked about smuggling with the intent of resale and nothing about this 1 carton limit. I did find an interesting thing though.
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/14/...
I guess this doesn't apply here because it isn't a matter of neighboring towns but instead a town next to a border that isn't in a town?
From what I've found the legal limit is only 11 packs (one short of a carton) lol.
buying

Tampa, FL

#17 Jul 20, 2009
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#18 Jul 20, 2009
What-- wrote:
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From what I've found the legal limit is only 11 packs (one short of a carton) lol.
One pack over but yes, saw your info right after posting what I had found. Tempted to ask your search terms, I tried a few things and couldn't find it.

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#19 Jul 20, 2009
World is an oyster wrote:
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One pack over but yes, saw your info right after posting what I had found. Tempted to ask your search terms, I tried a few things and couldn't find it.
I just searched Google for (and browsed through the results lol):

arkansas and cigarette and law
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#20 Jul 20, 2009
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#21 Jul 20, 2009
What-- wrote:
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I just searched Google for (and browsed through the results lol):
arkansas and cigarette and law
LOL, I messed up by adding words like limitation and state line.

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