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State says Oklahoma tribes not paying enough taxes


Some Oklahoma tribes aren't paying enough taxes on tobacco products, the state treasurer said.

Tribes reported $2.1 million in tobacco sales for the month of August. According to treasurer Scott Meacham, the amount should be around $4.3 million.

Meacham said the problem stems from tribes, mostly in the northeastern part of the state, that are putting the wrong tax stamps on cigarettes. He said the tribes should collect 87 cents rather than 6 cents. The lower tax is reserved for smoke shops within 35 miles of bordering states with lower tobacco taxes.

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Smoke sales point to tax problem, treasurer says (The Oklahoman 9/13)
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