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North Dakota tribes seek solution on gas tax


North Dakota tribes plan to meet with the state tax commissioner to discuss an illegal gas tax that has been imposed on Indian consumers.

A state judge blocked the state from collecting the tax, saying it wasn't authorized by federal law. The state Supreme Court last week noted the same and rejected the state's attempt to reinstate the tax.

While the case isn't finalized, tribes and the state hope to resolve the issue of refunds. An attorney handling the case estimates that the state owes $2 million for the illegal tax.

Get the Story:
Tribes, tax commissioner to negotiate gas tax issue (The Grand Forks Herald 2/24)

Get the Decision:
Mann v. N.D. Tax Commissioner (February 16, 2005)

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