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Cigarette Battle Not Finished

Though cigarettes store sold by members of the Seneca Nation of Indians are again subject to a state excise tax, tribal leaders say they are not done battling such taxation.

In a one-page written decision released Tuesday afternoon, a panel of five judges in the state Supreme Court Appellate Division denied the Seneca’s appeal against the state’s collection of a $4.35-per-pack state excise tax on cigarettes online sold by Native merchants. In addition, the judges lifted a temporary restraining order issued by Associate Justice Jerome C. Gorski blocking the tax’s collection, thereby clearing the state to begin collecting the tax at the wholesale level.

For the last 12 days, Seneca tobacco merchants have sold cheap cigarettes tax-free under protection of an injunction Judge Gorski granted the tribe while the appeal was considered.

Without any further judicial intervention, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he plans to begin collecting the tax immediately. His first executive budget projects the taxation of Native-sold discount cigarette online will put $110 million into state coffers.





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