Routine Oklahoma Tax Commission Audit Leads to a Monumental Arbitration Award for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Over Sales Taxes and Alcohol Licenses

An audit letter from the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) eventually led to an arbitration award, affirmed by a federal court, preventing the State of Oklahoma from denying the Citizen Potawatomi Nation the ability to sell and serve alcohol at its compact facilities because the nation refused to collect and remit Oklahoma sales taxes. The arbitration award means the nation does not have to pay millions of dollars in state sales tax on sales made on tribal lands to nontribal members. This victory is another chapter in the long history of tax struggles between the tribes and the State of Oklahoma, and sets a strong precedent for the nation as well as other tribes in Oklahoma and beyond. More


Associated People:

Jimmy K. Goodman

Practice Area:

Indian Law & Gaming