Connecticut going after online cigarette buyers

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Posted: Dec 11, 2009 11:53 AM

Connecticut officials are going after more than 900 state residents who bought cigarettes on the Internet but didn't pay state sales taxes as required by law.

The Department of Revenue Services announced Thursday that it mailed sales tax bills to 928 people this week, based on information provided under federal law by companies that sell cigarettes online.

The state's cigarette tax jumped from $2 to $3 a pack on Oct. 1 as state officials sought to boost revenue because of the state budget deficit. Connecticut's cigarette tax is the second highest in the country, after Rhode Island's $3.46 per pack tax.

The bills mailed this week are for sales tax and interest owed for online cigarette purchases made between 2007 and 2008.