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Excise Tax > California Cigarette & Tobacco Products Taxes

Electric Tobacconist works with the CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) and our own legal team to confirm the excise taxes that are required for the state of California. 
The CDTFA has been very explicit that for out of state retailers (we are based in Colorado) that we have to charge the tax on the retail price, not the wholesale prices as this applies to retailers that are located within the state of California. The excise tax is on all liquids and it must be charged at 59.27% of the retail price. 
Please see below an excerpt taken from Tobacco Law Blog - https://www.tobaccolawblog.com/

"For distributors located outside California, the CDTFA now is stating that the “wholesale cost” on which the distributor’s excise tax is based is the California customer’s wholesale cost (e.g. in the case of an online retailer located outside of California, the retail cost to the adult consumer) and not the cost to the distributor. In practice, this means that the base of the excise tax likely will be significantly higher for non-California distributors (including online retailers and other remote sellers) than for distributors operating within the state."

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