Saturday, September 27, 2003

States Moving to End Tribes' Tax-Free Sales

State governments say tribal tax-free sales, in stores and on the Internet, deprive them of millions of dollars. Those losses have grown as financially struggling states raise cigarette taxes, driving some smokers to tribal stores. And with the deficit among the states projected to reach more than $50 billion in the next fiscal year, legislators and governors are increasingly trying to collect taxes from Indian businesses.