Illinois Cigarette Tax Rises 150 Percent in JulySPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State officials say Illinois' cigarette tax revenue more than doubled in July compared to the same period last year. July revenue reached $30 million, up from $12 million in 2012.
The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that the increase is from last year's $1-per-pack tax increase.
Revenue manager Jim Muschinske says most of the money from that tax hike hasn't shown up until now because many distributors stocked up on cigarettes when the tax rate was lower. That inventory is just now being replaced.
State tax collections fell short of expectations after the tax rose from 98 cents to $1.98 last June. The state expected to bring in about $350 million in tobacco taxes during the last fiscal year, but collected $250 million.
See other LocalNews news:Salem Woman Wins Second 4H Showmanship Award
Marion County Fair Queen Pageant Preview
Movement of Residents From Murray Center Remains on Hold, Despite Court Ruling
Youth May Be Charged for Throwing Cup at Police Car
Salem Police Resolve Bradley's Burglar