Ban on Native American Cigarette Tax Extended, Again

1490NewsBlog – WESB
by Anne Holliday

A federal judge in Buffalo has extended a temporary order blocking tax collections on cigarettes sold by two New York Indian nations.

Lawyers for the St. Regis Mohawk and the Unkechaugs argued today against the state’s plans to apply its $4.35-per-pack sales tax on cigarettes sold by tribal retailers to non-Indian customers.

Judge Richard Arcara extended a temporary order blocking the levy while he considers whether to grant a more permanent preliminary injunction. The order now goes until Nov. 12.


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