Vet sales tax exempt cards above 360 mark

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/23/2019 08:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The Cherokee Nation Tax Commission’s Veterans Sales Tax Exemption card lists a veteran’s name, address and exemption number, as well as the card’s effective and expiration dates. With the card, veterans are exempt from sales tax on all gross receipts or gross proceeds of all items of value or goods or services bought, sold, rented, leased or exchanged, or any combination thereof, on all transactions on, through, by or with any business enterprise which is located on tribal lands. ARCHIVE
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Tax Commission officials said as of Jan. 17 the CNTC has issued 363 sales tax exemption cards to Cherokee veterans to use at certain CN-licensed businesses.

The tribe began issuing the cards in 2013. With it, veterans are exempt from sales tax on all gross receipts or gross proceeds of all items of value or goods or services bought, sold, rented, leased or exchanged, or any combination thereof, on all transactions on, through, by or with any business enterprise located on CN lands.

The card cannot be used to receive sales tax exemptions on gasoline, tobacco or alcohol.

The exemption applies to all veterans who are enrolled CN citizens who have been honorably discharged from active service in any branch of the Armed Forces, National Guard or Military Reserve.

“This is for any veteran that is a Cherokee citizen,” Sharon Swepston, CNTC administrator, said. “It’s just that you can only use it at our licensed facilities.”

Swepston said when the CNTC mails the cards, a list of CN-approved locations such as the Cherokee Arts Center, Cherokee Trails Golf Course and CN smoke shops is included. If the retailers’ list is changed, a new one will be sent out to those who have the cards.

The card also allows for tax exemptions at CN casinos for rooms, retail items, concert tickets and food.

For a qualifying CN veteran to a receive sales tax exemption card, he or she must complete and mail in an application form, along with copies of his or her tribal citizenship card, Oklahoma driver’s license and DD-214 form, a Defense Department form that identifies a veteran’s condition of discharge.

A card will have the veteran’s name, address and tracking number. Swepston said Social Security numbers and DD214 information would not be listed on the cards.

Applications for the veteran sales tax exemption cards and a list of businesses where the can be used can be found at www.cherokee.org under the “Our Government” tab then by clicking on the “Commissions” tab and by selecting “Tax Commission.”

She said the CNTC has received applications for the cards from California and other states, which will be processed, but those veterans will not be able to use the cards in those states.

“These cards are only good for retailers that are licensed by the Cherokee Nation,” Swepston said.

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