A Michigan woman has received a $2,500 bill from the state tax agency for taxes on cigarettes that she has bought over the internet in the past 4 years.
Strapped for cash, the state has forced online cigarette shops to hand over their customer lists. Letters have been sent to 533 consumers owing a total of $1.7 m. They all bought their smokes from esmokes.com.
The retail websites often advertise their cigarettes as cheaper because they don't charge the state tax which in Michigan is $2 per pack.
In the end, buying cigarettes without the tax online is just like that brand new Apple Powerbook that you can buy on eBay for half the price, from that kind seller in Lithuania: too good to be true.
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