Miccosukee Tribe fights IRS taxes on tribal citizens

The Miami Herald reports that the Miccosukee Tribe is in a legal showdown with the IRS about whether Miccosukee citizens have to pay taxes on income they receive from the Tribe’s gambling operation.

The paper says this stance sets the Tribe apart from possibly every Indian tribe with casinos in the United States.

The paper says the defense has failed in the past, according to legal experts and Indian regulatory authorities.

Tribe lawyers, in a new Miami federal court filing, accuse the Internal Revenue Service of “abuse of authority” in its ongoing investigation into the tribe’s gambling distributions and former chairman Billy Cypress.
But the Miccosukees’ counterattack seems to fly in the face of a key federal law regulating Indian gaming operations, the experts and authorities said.

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