Indian tribe sues IRS


The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians has sued the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency double-taxed them and owes them a refund that could total in the millions of dollars. The group operates 2,000 slot machines at a casino in Santa Ynez, about 125 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Unlike many lawsuits and disputes around tribes and taxes in recent years — such as disagreements on the collection of sales tax on reservations or state income taxes of casino revenues — the Santa Ynez Tribe is making no claims about the agency’s right to tax them.