New cigarette tax bill ’100 times worse than first bill’

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Date: August 29th, 2008

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The ongoing sovereignty battle over untaxed cigarette sales on tribal land heated up again recently when the New York state legislature passed a bill intended to enforce the collection of state sales taxes on tobacco products sold to non-Indians in Indian country. But if S. 8146-B, which the Senate passed Aug. 8 during a special legislative session, provoked an outcry of opposition from the nations – and it did – a newly introduced bill that was drafted with the help of tobacco giant Philip Morris USA is likely to draw even more fire. S. 8146-B, which has not yet been signed into law by Gov. David Paterson, would prohibit tobacco companies from selling cigarettes without tax stamps to any wholesaler who had not provided certification, under penalty of perjury, to both the state and the tobacco companies saying that the cigarettes would not be resold untaxed in violation of the state tax law. State legislators have tried for years to force the nations to collect state taxes on products sold to non-Indians. Tribal members are not required to pay taxes on cigarettes they purchase from tribal retailers; and the tribal nations say that, as sovereign entities, they are not required to act as tax collectors for the state. Non-Indian purchasers are obligated to pay the tax, according to state law. More… Nutty NewsCigarettes America Front Page News
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