PACT Act

What is the PACT Act?

On June 29, 2010, the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act went into effect. This federal law amends the Jenkins Act, 15 U.S.C. Chapter 10A, which governs the collection of taxes on, and trafficking in, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. The PACT Act revised definitions in the Jenkins Act, provided new requirements for registration, reporting, recordkeeping, and increased penalties for criminal violations. The PACT Act also generally prohibits mailing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco through the U.S. Postal Service.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.

Who Must Register

The PACT Act amended provisions of the Jenkins Act on the following:

  • shipment and packaging of tobacco
  • compliance with state tax and licensing requirements relating to tobacco
  • filing of certain reports to state tax administrators.

If you sell, transfer, ship, advertise or offer to sell cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in interstate commerce, you must register with both of the following:

  1. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the U.S. Department of Justice
  2. Vermont Department of Taxes—you must file monthly reports with the Department

How to Register

Before you can make a PACT Act report online, you must register in myVTaxFollow these easy steps to register your account.

The Vermont Department of Taxes will also accept a copy of the statement required to be filed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), listing the Vermont Agent Authorized to Accept Service (name, address, and telephone number).

An ATF 5070.1 registration form is available on the ATF website. 

Send it by email or submit a paper copy of the registration to:

Vermont Department of Taxes
Miscellaneous Taxes
133 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633

Filing Monthly Reports

To file monthly reports using myVTax, see the following guides:

You may also use the uniform PACT Act forms to file monthly reports. The PACT Act Forms are available at the Federation of Tax Administrators’ website. Fillable versions of these forms for use in Vermont are linked here:

Use additional pages of the forms as needed to report all required information.  You may email the reports to us.

Due Date

If you are required to register, you must submit a report no later than the 10th day of each calendar month for the previous calendar month's shipments. You must file the monthly report every month until you notify the Department in writing that you no longer sell, transfer, ship, advertise, or offer to sell cigarettes or smokeless tobacco into Vermont.

If you have any questions, contact our Business Tax Section, (802) 828-2551 or email us.

 

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Commissioner Kaj Samsom
133 State Street | Montpelier, VT 05633
(802) 828-2505

Taxpayer Assistance Window
Located on the 1st Floor
Service Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

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