Tobacco Licensing & Tax

  1. Tobacco Licensing
  2. Cigarette and Tobacco Tax

Introduction

On August 28, 2018 the Avon Town Council adopted Ordinance 18-08, raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products in Avon from age 18 to age 21, and also requiring retailers selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to obtain a Tobacco Product Retailer License from the Town. The annual fee for original issuance or renewal will be $250. The effective date of this ordinance is January 1, 2019. The Tobacco Product Retail License Application is available HERE and must be submitted with payment to the Town Clerk by December 31, 2018.

In addition to the requirements above, effective beginning November 1, 2018, tobacco retailers are required to charge the Avon 4% local sales tax on the sale of cigarettes. Effective for Town of Avon sales tax returns beginning with the month of November (due by December 20th) there will no longer be a deduction item for retail sales of cigarettes. These changes do not affect any state or county sales tax filings or licensing requirements.

Ballot Issue 2B, a question seeking authority to increase taxes on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, was approved during the November 6, 2018 General Election. Via Ballot Issue 2B, Avon voters approved a new tax of $3.00 per pack of cigarettes and a 40% tax on all other tobacco products. The new municipal tax goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

If you have any questions about the Tobacco Product Retailer License, please contact Debbie Hoppe, Town Clerk, at dhoppe@avon.org or 970-748-4001. For more information related to the new municipal tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products, visit the "Cigarette and Tobacco Tax" tab. For questions related to sales tax or the Cigarette and Tobacco Tax, please call 970-748-4019.