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South Carolina Department of Revenue
Tobacco Tax
Columbia, SC 29214-0138

Phone: 803-896-1970

Effective 2019: Cigarette Tax Stamps

Cigarette Tax stamps will be required as of January 1, 2019 in accordance with Act No. 145 of 2016. The SCDOR has published Regulation 117-1600 containing provisions concerning reporting requirements under Chapters 47 and 48 of Title 11 along with provisions regarding affixing tax stamps, purchasing tax stamps, features of tax stamps, exemptions and refunds, display, storage, transfer, and transport of cigarettes. 


Check out these workshops for help understanding what is changing and how it affects you:

Workshop DatesTimes
​November 26
​10:00-11:30 a.m. (in-class & webinar)
​Hughes Main Library
25 Heritage Green Pl.
Greenville, SC 29601
or online
​November 27
​12:30-2:00 p.m. (in-class & webinar)
​Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
1133 Mathis Ferry Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
or online
November 29
9:00-10:30 a.m. (in-class & webinar)
​SCDOR Office
300A Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210
or online
December 12
1:00-2:30 p.m. (in-class & webinar)
SCDOR Office
300A Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210
or online
January 8
9:00-10:30 a.m. (in-class & webinar)
​SCDOR Office
300A Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210
or online

All workshops are available in-class or online. You will receive instructions for accessing the webinar once you've registered.

Sign up for email updates for information about additional workshops and Cigarette Stamp Tax updates!

To register: 

  1. Email the following information to (preferred method):
    • Class Date
    • Registrant Name
    • Business Name
    • Business Address
    • Daytime Phone Number
    A confirmation of your registration will be sent via email.
  2. Call our Taxpayer Education Phone Line- 803-898-5800


The following questions and answers provide guidance regarding the implementation of the Cigarette Stamp Tax imposed by Code Section 12-21-735, which is effective January 1, 2019. The Department will address additional questions as they arise. Please note additional questions will be addressed as they arise and as the Department finalizes its processes and procedures for the implementation of the tax.

These are general questions only prepared to assist SC licensed tobacco distributors in complying with the South Carolina Tobacco Code and the new Cigarette Stamping requirements which begin January 1, 2019. For any questions regarding individual circumstances and compliance with the Code, please contact the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s Miscellaneous Tobacco Tax Office Section.