Online Cigarette Shoppers May Have to Pay Sales Tax
Laramie, Wy – People in Wyoming that buy cigarettes online may soon get a bill for the state taxes they owe. Because of a federal law Internet tobacco companies must report sales to the states. Dan Noble from the Department of Revenue says they just received the first reports. He says what they do next is send letters to the people on the report asking them to pay sales tax. Noble knows getting the money could be a challenge because in other states when residents receive they letter they are not very happy.
Alaska has already collected 100 thousand dollars and officials there estimate that's only a quarter of what they are owed. Noble says Wyoming will probably bring in slightly less than that because more people in Alaska shop online and their population is a little bigger.