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Feb. 12, 2024

A small business’ long fight for tobacco tax refund

Starbuzz International Inc. has been trying to recoup $2.8 million in tobacco taxes for over eight years. Anti-tax groups see the case as an example of government overreach.

A judge in Sacramento issued another setback on Friday to a company that has spent more than eight years trying to recoup $2.8 million it paid in tobacco taxes it never owed.

Despite the unusual circumstances that led to the case, some anti-tax groups have touted Starbuzz International Inc.’s fight as an example of government overreach. The case is playing out as tobacco sales tax collections are plummeting in California, endangering educa...

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