Hearing on Indian Cigarette Sales

Representatives of the Seneca Nation and other Indian tribes are scheduled to appear in front of the New York Senate Standing Committee on Investigation and Government Operations tomorrow morning.

The hearing will center on the state's inability to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers to non-Indians.

Committee Chairman Senator Craig Johnson says years after the courts affirmed a state's right to collect taxes generated by the sale of cigarettes by Native Americans to non-Native Americans at licensed smokeshops and over the Internet, the state Department of Taxation and Finance has been stymied in its tax collection efforts.

Also scheduled to appear in front of the committee are representatives from New York City, local governments and the tobacco and convenience store industry.
e-mail from Johnson's office


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