Local view: Taxing our way to higher crime
Sen. Mike Gloor wants to see Nebraska hike the excise tax on cigarettes by more than 234 percent, from 64 cents to $2.14. The senator’s intentions may be good but the Cornhusker State risks a massive increase in cigarette smuggling and other harmful consequences if this bill is adopted.
Smuggling may be as old as civilization and taxes. People have made a living — or at least supplemented their incomes — by covertly moving goods across borders, often to avoid a tax or import duty. Cigarettes are a popular item to smuggle because they are lightweight (and therefore easily transportable) and it is possible to make massive profits by shipping smokes even short distances.
Two men arrested by HMRC as part of investigation into suspected multi-million pound tobacco smuggling fraud
A MAN from Dagenham was arrested by HMRC last week as part of an investigation...