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Mass. Taxes On Gas, Cigarettes To Increase

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Massachusetts consumers will soon be paying higher taxes for gasoline and cigarettes.

The state's gasoline tax jumps 3 cents on Wednesday, from 21 cents per gallon to 24 cents.

Smokers will also have to shell out more for a pack of cigarettes, with the excise tax jumping $1 from $2.51 per pack to $3.51 per pack.

The state has alerted retailers to begin collecting the new taxes, which were part of a transportation finance bill approved by the Legislature over the veto of Gov. Deval Patrick. He had sought a further increase in the gas tax if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down in 2017.

The new law also imposes a 6.25 percent sales tax on computer software services.

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