Nobleza Piccardo S.A.I.C. y F. v. Tierra del Fuego Province

The plaintiff tobacco company challenged the constitutionality a Provincial law that imposed local taxes for services needed to verify the legitimacy and origin of certain tobacco products coming into the province of Tierra del Fuego for the consumption of its population. The plaintiff argued that the tax was merely an additional local tax imposed on the consumption of cigarettes to fund a public infrastructure project and that it functioned like a local tariff, which is prohibited by Federal law.  Taxes on cigarettes and other harmful substances can only be imposed if the resources are used to directly cover costs for these, but not to fund public infrastructure or carry out any other functions. The plaintiff claimed that the nation, and not the province, had competence to regulate its products. The Argentinean Supreme Court ruled that the local tax was unconstitutional because it is the nation that has exclusive competence and that a company could not be taxed twice for the same use.


Nobleza Piccardo S.A.I.C. y F. v. Tierra del Fuego Province, N. 106. XXXIX., Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación [Supreme Court](2007).

  • Argentina
  • Feb 27, 2007
  • Supreme Court (Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación)


Plaintiff Nobleza Piccardo S.A.I.C. y F.

Defendant Tierra del Fuego Province

Cited Legislation

Provincial Law No. 440, Art. 9(4)(5)

Provincial Law No. 566, Art. 4

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