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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cayuygas win appeal in cig tax case

Here's some rare good news of any kind in the world of smokers. I can understand the $$$ issue between taxed cigs vs. UNtaxed cigs. But what's the biggie if Natives wanna sell untaxed cigs? As long as I get my cigs, I could care less if they untaxed.

But of course, I ain't no politician who's depending on tobacco taxes to help pay for my food and bills. I'm in a good mood. So I'm gonna keep these words clean.

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http://www.timesuni on.com/AspStorie s/story.asp? storyID=818868&category=STATE

AUBURN -- A state appeals court says the Cayuga Indian Nation can continue selling untaxed cigarettes to non-Indians at its two upstate convenience stores.

The 3-1 decision released Friday in Manhattan reverses an order by state Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Fisher blocking the sales at the LakeSide Trading stores in Union Springs and Seneca Falls.

Local authorities raided the stores last November, saying they were violating state law by selling cigarettes without charging the required tax and claiming $485,000 in state excise taxes.

The Cayugas say they are exempt from collecting the taxes because their businesses are protected by their sovereign nation status.

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