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Oglala Sioux Back Bill to Stop IRS Harassment of Tribes

On August 2, 2013, Representative Nunes, joined by Representatives Jenkins, Kind, Gerlach, Reichert, Boustany, Cole, Moore, Delbene, Cardenas, Kilmer, Valadao, McCollum, Mullin and Gosar, introduced H.R. 3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2013. The Bill is designed to stop IRS efforts to tax tribal citizens who receive essential tribal government programs and services, such as housing, education, elder and child care, and cultural awards, among other things. Late in the game, the IRS has offered to provide guidance to its agents to respect at least some of our tribal government programs and services. That’s good, but we cannot leave Indian sovereignty and tribal self-government in the hands of IRS agents.



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