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Friday, March 05, 2010

Certified questions. On an appeal from a preliminary injunction, enjoining the sale of untaxed cigarettes by a American Indian merchant to anyone other than members of the tribe, the Second Circuit certified two questions to the New York State Court of Appeals:

1. Does New York Tax Law 471-e, either by itself or in combination with the provisions of section 471, impose a tax on cigarettes sold on Native American reservations when some or all of these cigarettes may be sold to persons other than members of the reservation's nation or tribe?

2. If the answer to Question 1 is "no," does New York Tax Law 471 alone impose a tax on cigarettes sold on Native American reservations when some or all of those cigarettes may be sold to person other than members of the reservation's nation or tribe?

The decision in City of New York v. Golden Feather Smoke Shop, Inc. can be found here.

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