Prior to January 2019, the tax on cigarettes and tobacco products was reported and paid together. As of January 2019, cigarettes and other tobacco products (OTP) are taxed and filed separately. Both are due on or before the 20th day of the month following the period covered.
The tax on cigarettes is now paid with Cigarette Tax Stamps. The SC licensed distributor who first receives untaxed cigarettes for sale or distribution in South Carolina is liable for the Cigarette Tax.
Other Tobacco Products (OTP)
This tax applies to tobacco products, other than cigarettes, sold in South Carolina. All persons selling, purchasing, distributing or importing OTP in South Carolina are required to pay the tax. The tax is only paid once. If product is purchased from a licensed distributor, then the retailer would owe no Excise Tax. The rate on OTP is 5% of the manufacturer's price.