N.Y. delays implementation of Indian tax rules
Monday, November 10, 2003

The New York Department of Taxation and Finance on Friday delayed a proposal to collect taxes on the sale of cigarettes and gasoline to non-Indians.

The official reason for the delay is to gather more public comment on the rules, which were set to go into effect December 1. But it came in the face of a heavy lobbying effort by the Seneca Nation, whose leaders say Indian retailers will be forced out of business if forced to collect the taxes.

Seneca Nation members and non-Indians held a small protest march on Saturday against the rules. In 1997, tribal members blocked a highway to protest a previous effort to collect the taxes.

Upstate Citizens for Equality, an anti-Indian group, says it will sue the state over taxation and gaming issues.

Get the Story:
Indian cigarette tax delayed (The Syracuse Post-Standard 11/8)
State delays tax rule on Indian sales (The Buffalo News 11/8)
Senecas protest sales tax rule loudly, but peacefully (The Buffalo News 11/9)
State delays Indian tax law (The Albany Times-Union 11/8)
Group readies casino challenge (The Albany Times-Union 11/8)
Facing Protests, New York Delays Sales Taxes on Indian Reservations (The New York Times 11/8)
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