BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The State Tax Department is supporting a bill that would require commercial roll-your-own cigarette machine owners to register their equipment and pay the same taxes as name-brand packaged smokes.
State Tax Department attorney Daniel Rouse told the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the commercial roll-your-own machines are a recent phenomenon and are beginning to appear in North Dakota.
Rouse says the machines cost about $35,000 and are about the size of a jukebox. He says they can crank out a carton of cigarettes in about eight minutes.
Rouse says the machines use loose pipe tobacco that is taxed at just one-tenth the rate as cigarettes.