By: Angela Garrity
Spectrum News reports that e-cigarettes could be facing a tax increase in Kentucky in 2020. The General Assembly Session isn’t scheduled for months, however that isn’t stopping lawmakers in the bluegrass state from planning.
Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, says officials are contemplating a tax increase on e-cigarettes during the 2020 budget session.
Lawmakers increased the excise tax on cigarettes by fifty cents during the 2018 budget session, but left e-cigarettes out. Raque Adams says that's because there still wasn't much information surrounding the products.
"There were a lot of different ways that states were trying to tax vaping products, and e-cigarettes, and there really wasn't a good uniform way to capture all of those products underneath current definition," she said. "I think that is a discussion we are going to have this budget session, is parody between actual cigarettes and the vaping products."
It is too early to tell how much the tax would be.
"What that will look like, I don't know," Raque Adams said. "I would assume it would be on par with how we tax cigarettes now. So, I don't know if it will be successful or not successful, but I know that's a conversation that we are going to have once we start to talk about the budget."
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