Re: More Texas Tobacco Tax Woes
Ok so let's get really nutty and go this route.
If I am a tobacco retailer based in Texas and I order my tobacco from Iowa. I should not pay the Texas tax because I am purchasing the products from out of state. And since Iowa is not enforcing the tobacco tax, I do not pay the tax.
As the tobacco retailer I can ship the tobacco, not incur the tax, as along as the tobacco is shipped to someone outside of the state.
As the tobacco retailer, I must charge the tax to anyone buying from me within the borders of Texas.
This is they way I read it and if so, then the retailer should not have to pay any tax on the tobacco and thus pass it along to you as long as you do not live in Texas. If you live in Texas and are "trading/purchasing" tobacco internal to the state, you get fucked.
There is no possible way Texas can create their own internal customs department on the goods traded from inside it's borders to outside and vice versa. They can only enforce the tax on products sold within the borders.