Seneca Indian Nation Seeks to Block NY Cigarette Tax

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Seneca Indian Nation is seeking a federal order to stop New York State from following through with plans to tax reservation cigarette sales.

Lawyers for the western New York tribe filed a request for a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court that would temporarily block the state from enforcing new tax laws on the tribe.

Gov. David Paterson's office had no comment on the filing. A Taxation and Finance Department spokesman says the department will move forward with plans to implement the tax beginning September 1. Under the plan, the state would collect its $4.35 per pack sales tax on cigarettes sold by Native American retailers to non-Native customers. The tax is expected to generate about $200 million a year.

The Senecas argue in a federal lawsuit that the plan infringes on their federally protected rights and would force the nation to abandon its own regulatory system in order to enforce the state's.

The nation imposes its own tax of 75 cents per carton to fund health and education programs.

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Comments [1]

Didn't we go to war opver thuis kind of stuff before. I'm a gun toting red blodded American Tride and true but this whole taxing thing is rediculous. Us hard working americans pay our taxes just so these fat sticky finger politics can afford their jets and expensive bottles of hootch. I believ that every american should pay their taxes but if it infringes on anyones rights then back off. NYC already makes plenty of money yet complains because they don't haver enough to pay their cops or clean their streets. If they used their money wisley then they wouolndt have to worry about if they have enough in the budget.

What do I know though. I'm just a redneck from TX.

Thanx Ya'll

Aug. 21 2010 12:34 PM

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