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​What is the Cigarette Sales Tax?

The Sales Tax on cigarettes is collected from distributors when they purchase Cigarette Tax stamps from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. For all other tobacco products, retailers collect the Sales Tax from customers at the time of purchase.

How much is the Cigarette Sales Tax?

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the Sales Tax on cigarettes is 2.75 cents per cigarette, 55.0 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes, or 68.75 cents per pack of 25 cigarettes.

The 2016 rate is 2.715 cents per stick, 54.3 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes, or 67.875 cents per pack of 25 cigarettes.

Prior Year Rates (per pack of 20 cigarettes)

Period ​Rate (cents) ​Period ​Rate (cents)
Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016​ ​54.3 Jan. 1, 2012 – Dec. 31, 2012 ​37.0​
​Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015 ​52.6 ​Aug. 1, 2011 – Dec. 31, 2011 ​35.6
​Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2014 51.2 ​Aug. 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011 ​34.6
J​uly 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013 ​49.3 ​Aug. 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010 33.0
​Jan. 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013 ​36.2 ​Aug. 1, 2008 – July 31, 2009 ​27.4

When does the Cigarette Sales Tax change?

Under current law, the rate changes each year on January 1. View the statute (M.S. 297F.25 subd. 1).