Gov. Stitt, Tribes Respond To Tax Commission's Order On Tribal Exemptions

The state of Oklahoma said between August 2020 and September of this year, more than 9,000 taxpayers claimed they were exempt from state taxes because of tribal income exclusion.

Friday, October 14th 2022, 8:26 pm

By: News On 6


The state of Oklahoma said between August 2020 and September of this year, more than 9,000 taxpayers claimed they were exempt from state taxes because of tribal income exclusion.

More than 600 of those people took their argument a step further, and filed what's called a "protest." The Oklahoma Tax Commission has now said all Oklahomans must pay their state income taxes.

"We gotta have a fair system. So I was glad that the tax commission agreed that regardless of your race or where you live in the state of Oklahoma, you have to follow the same set of rules in our state constitution," Gov. Stitt said.

However, the fight is far from over.

In a statement, The Muscogee Nation said, "It is not surprising that a commission appointed by the governor ignored 50 years of established law ... These issues are a long way from being over and settled. We look forward to challenging any threat to our inherent sovereignty every step of the way."

The Cherokee Nation released a statement too. “It’s not surprising that the Oklahoma Tax Commission would reach a decision that would increase its ability to collect tax revenue, but the courts - and not the OTC - will ultimately decide these issues," Attorney General Sara Hill said.

"Forget the courts for a second. Do neighbors want one neighbor not paying property taxes and sales tax while another neighbor has to pay? That just makes no sense in a state like Oklahoma," Gov. Stitt said.

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