Seneca Nation again gets delay on NY cigarette tax

Buffalo, New York (AP) June 2011

New York state is under another court order preventing it from taxing cigarettes sold by Seneca Indian Nation retailers to the general public at reservation stores.

The western New York tribe is the biggest seller of cigarettes among the state’s Indian Nations. The appellate division of state Supreme Court granted its request for a temporary restraining order.

The order bars collection of the $4.35-per-pack tax on Seneca Nation-bound cigarettes until June 20. It comes one day after a state Supreme Court judge in Buffalo lifted a similar order after rejecting the western New York tribe’s procedural challenge to regulations adopted by state taxing officials. The Senecas are appealing that decision.




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