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Becker pushes for tax collection on smokes

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On the heels of a proposed regulation recently released from New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance, Madison County Chairman John Becker traveled to Albany to meet with advocacy groups and legislators about collecting sales tax from the Oneida Indian Nation. The new regulation — now in a 45-day waiting period while comments are collected — would limit the number of tax-free cigarettes the state’s Indian nations and tribes receive and outlines a specific mechanism to collect tax on the sale of cigarettes to non-Indians.