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SHAME: $2.5 Billion in Cigarette Taxes is Lost Each Year to Corruption

November 10, 2015

New York State & City have the highest cigarette taxes in the country, but our Tax Department collects far less of what is due than any other state: WHY? There are 9,300 licensed retailers in NYC and most are selling untaxed contraband in violation of law unencumbered by any tax enforcement from Albany. Under past […]

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Criminals & Terrorists supplant licensed Firms and Jobs, as $2.5 billion in tax is lost each year

April 29, 2015

The interdiction of 2500 cartons of contraband is laudable. But let’s be realistic. Governmental and Industry studies conclude that more than 30 million cartons of untaxed cigarettes enter New York each year.

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May 18, 2014

David Schwartz, Esq. appears on WFAN radio with Bob Salter on sports radio 660 AM (101.9FM), educating New Yorkers that the people of this state are losing over 2 Billion Dollars due to untaxed, illegal, and bootlegged cigarettes flooding the market. Cigarettes are the hottest commodity used by criminal enterprises in order to raise Billions for their criminal activities.

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NYAGS: Sales Taxes and Cigarettes

May 8, 2014

Lately, there has been some attention on the city and state’s loss of sales tax revenue because of the use of a cash register called a zapper. Apparently, these zapper devices make the sale disappear, eliminating all traces of a tax being owed. Well, we know what really makes the sale disappear when it comes to cigarettes-and the buttlegging of non-taxed smokes zaps New York’s small stores as well as the municipal treasury.

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Senate Passes Pro-Enforcement Tobacco Tax Bill

June 29, 2013

Increases the presumed “cost of the agent” for purposes of cigarette marketing; establishes the cigarette tax enforcement fund

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Video: NY State Senator Marty Golden on NYC Tobacco Tax

May 24, 2013

Video: NY State Senator Marty Golden on NYC Tobacco Tax

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NY Post: Weak tax laws give NYC potheads a high

January 29, 2013

Potheads are also lighting up cigar sales because their cigar “joints” don’t give off that pungent, sickly sweet smell that makes the people around them snicker, roll their eyes and maybe call the cops.

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Jackson Heights Man Charged With Cigarette Tax Fraud

October 11, 2012

Investigators at the city Department of Finance and the state Department of Taxation and Finance last month charged a 54-year-old Jackson Heights man with possessing thousands of untaxed cigarettes and counterfeit tax stamps.

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New York Times: Tobacco Companies Broke Law by Selling Untaxed Cigarettes, Judge Rules

August 23, 2012

A federal judge ruled last week that two tobacco wholesalers illegally skirted paying millions of dollars in taxes by selling truckloads of untaxed cigarettes to retailers on an American Indian reservation on Long Island, which then resold them in the city at cut-rate prices.

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Cig Tax Cheating Stores Burn City

June 8, 2012

A special unit of the city Finance Department that conducted a sweep of 1,700 stores licensed to sell tobacco products found an astounding 42 percent either peddling untaxed cigarettes or using counterfeit stamps to duck the combined $5.85 city-state tax, The Post has learned.

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