Reduction in Size of Class A,
Denomination 20, Cigarette Tax Stamps
Manufacturers and importers of cigarettes:
1. The purpose of this industry circular is to furnish
information concerning the proposed issuance of Class A,
denomination 20, cigarette tax stamps, of a reduced size.
2. A survey was recently completed to determine whether it
would be feasible to reduce such Class A cigarette tax stamps
3/16 of an inch in width, which would permit of a substantial
savings to the Government in paper and printing costs in connection
with such stamps. The length of such stamps would not be changed.
3. This survey was conducted with the excellent cooperation
of members of the cigarette industry and cigarette machinery
manufacturers visited by representatives of the National Office of
the Internal Revenue Service, which members indicated a distinct
desire to cooperate with the Government in its efforts to effect
economies in operations. The survey not only indicated that the
change to the smaller size cigarette tax stamp would be feasible,
but that the change-over to such stamp could be accomplished by the
industry without difficulty or undue hardship.
4. The Office of the Secretary of the Treasury and this
Service are anxious to effect a saving in the printing of cigarette
tax stamps as soon as possible. Accordingly, the new "3/4 inch"
Class A, denomination 20, cigarette tax stamp, has been authorized
and on June 1, 1956, offices of District Directors of Internal
Revenue and branches of such offices will have these stamps for sale
to manufacturers and importers of cigarettes who are ready to begin
using such stamps. The new stamps will be identical in every
respect to the stamps now in use except as to the difference in
width. In preparing an order for stamps, Form 485 or 923, as the
case may be, a manufacturer or importer who desires to purchase the
new cigarette tax stamps should place on the form the notation "New
3/4 inch stamps". Until the cigarette industry converts to the new
size of stamp, both this size and the present size of stamps will
5. Inquiries in regard to this industry circular should refer
to the number thereof and should be directed to the appropriate
Assistant Regional Commissioner, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax.
Dwight E. Avis
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division