Oklahoma Tobacco Sales Tax Elimination, State Question 713 (2004)

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Sales Tax Elimination Act, also known as State Question 713, was on the November 2, 2004 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure ended sales taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The measure enacted a new four cent per cigarette tax and a new tax on other tobacco products.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 713 (2004)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 763,034 53.35%
No667,23946.65%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[2]

The measure ends sales tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The measure places a new tax on

cigarettes. This tax will be 4 cents per cigarette. The measure places a new tax on other tobacco products. These taxes begin January 1, 2005.

Some monies from the new taxes will be given to state, county, and local government. Some monies from these taxes will be used for various health-related purposes. These purposes include health care, building a cancer center, trauma care, long-distance medical care, substance abuse, breast cancer, and aid to hospitals and ambulance services.

A committee is created to recommend rules regarding tobacco product taxes.

The measure provides penalties for Indian tribes that break tobacco tax compacts.

The measure makes several income tax changes. It makes the highest Method One individual income tax rate 6.65%. It increases the amount of certain retirement benefits not subject to income tax. It allows certain capital gains of an individual to not be subject to income tax.

The measure sets maximum income levels for individuals making claims under the Sales Tax Relief Act.

The measure makes other changes. [3]

Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Background

Many states have targeted tobacco for tax increases, and in most cases the reasoning behind the increase is to create health services for non-smoking citizens that are affected by tobacco consumers. This amendment is similar to Colorado's Amendment 35, Montana's I-149, and California's Proposition 63 in 2004.

Opposition

Most tobacco consumers argued against the last question mentioned above in the FAQ section, because a great percentage of smokers simply do not want to quit using the products, and find it unfair and belittling to assume higher taxes are doing them favors. Using that method to promote the proposed tax increase is nothing more than insulting, and a way to lie to the public to convince them they are doing others good.

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References

  1. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Questions," accessed November 25, 2014
  2. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Question 713," accessed November 25, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.