Court rules against tribe trying to avoid paying taxes

Jul 22, 2013 7:02 PM

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City has ruled against the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe whose leaders have attempted to avoid paying local and state taxes on slot machines at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

A lower-court judge had ruled for the tribe against the town of Ledyard and the state of Connecticut regarding the taxes due on the machines.

The Appeals Court, after calling it a “close case,” ruled the town maintains roads throughout the Indian reservation and provides emergency services as well as educational services for tribal children.

The tribe’s interest in sovereignty and economic development don’t trump the interests of the state and town, the court said.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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