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Tobacco products tax

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What is the tobacco products tax?

It is a tax on the distributor for the sale, use, consumption, handling or distribution of cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and other forms of tobacco, except cigarettes. Tax is due:

  • When the products are brought into Washington for sale in this state.
  • When the products are manufactured in Washington for sale in this state.

If the products are within this state and tax has not been imposed, other persons in the chain of possession may be liable for the tax.

How do I pay the tax?

The tax is reported on the excise tax return.