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Town of Amherst considers cigarette tax

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:59 PM EDT
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AMHERST, Va. (WDBJ) - In October of 2020, Amherst County administration voted to levy a new cigarette tax in the county.

The tax, at 27 cents per pack, is scheduled to begin later this year.

But now, Town of Amherst officials are looking to see if they should collect a tax instead.

“If we do not have one, town citizens will still be taxed, but the revenue would go to the county,” said Sara Carter, town manager.

Carter says collecting a cigarette tax in the town would not be in addition to the county’s tax.

Rather, the town would collect the revenues instead.

“There will not be double taxation. If the town has a tax, the county cannot collect it inside the town,” said Carter.

The county was originally scheduled to collect the tax beginning in July.

However, some administrative issues have pushed the start date back to October.

“The process with the stamps - getting them to us and the paperwork and things of that nature,” said Jane Irby, Amherst County commissioner of the revenue.

That delay will help the town decide what to do moving forward.

Carter says if a tax is passed, it will start alongside the county’s.

“We’re gonna continue to coordinate with the county and make sure we implement in unison,” said Carter.

For now, a public hearing will be held on the issue Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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