AKTSIZNAYA MARKA: The online tax stamps collection of Andrey Vasiunin

If you live in a European, African, Asian or South American country, and are a smoker or know smokers, you may have noticed fancy little labels stuck onto the cigarette boxes or other tobacco products you encounter. Attached like a stamp on an envelope but with the ornate designs and security features of paper money, these little slips of intricacy are neither truly stamps or banknotes. They are in fact cigarette and tobacco tax stamps, a method of collecting taxes by governments. While most countries and territories levy tax on goods such as tobacco and alcohol – the so-called ‘sin … Continue reading AKTSIZNAYA MARKA: The online tax stamps collection of Andrey Vasiunin

PHOTO MOMENT: From Russia with…cigarette tax stamps!

Vijay Shah Today’s photo moment is dedicated to the humble cigarette tax stamp. Cigarette tax stamps, also known as excise stamps, tobacco stamps, mini-banknotes and banderols, are special stamps issued by nation-states for the indication of payment of excise duties or governmental taxes on cigarettes and tobacco. Similar stamps are also used for alcoholic products. The stamps are important for the fact that they show that the manufacturer of the product has paid all the relevant financial duties and taxes to sell tobacco products, which are of course taxed due to the harm they can cause to human health.  Tax … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: From Russia with…cigarette tax stamps!