BX and city residents ordered to pay back taxes on cigarettes bought online

Residents who purchased cigarettes online may soon find a bill for back taxes in their mailbox.

The city is now ordering residents who bought the tax-free cigarettes from various Web sites to pay back taxes. More and more residents have turned to the Internet to purchase cigarettes because a pack now costs about $7 in the city.

Residents who fail to pay the back taxes will face an additional penalty. The city is also planning to launch an ad campaign warning smokers about their tax obligations when buying items online.

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