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Is the detailed "information" I am quoting about Native Americans, factual?

Asked by JackAdams (6492points) September 7th, 2008

I have heard, without being able to quote the precise source, that if a Native American (“Indian”) resides on an official Native American reservation, and earns all of his/her income while residing on that reservation, that the Native American doing so is EXEMPT from the reporting and payment of ANY federal income taxes.

Is that accurate/true? Is one segment of American society being given “a pass” on the reporting/payment of federal income taxes, based on race and geographic location?

President John F. Kennedy once noted that, “The treatment of the American Indian is a national disgrace!” I certainly concur with that sentiment, wholeheartedly, but I question whether it is “fair” to all Americans, to give certain ones some kind of exemption from the reporting/payment of federal taxes, just based on their ethnic heritage and DNA.

Yes, atrocities were indeed committed against the ancestors of the present-day Native Americans, but I sometimes believe our wonderful nation goes a little bit “overboard,” when it comes to undoing wrongs made against those who are no longer living.

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sarapnsc's avatar

I have heard, without being able to quote the precise source, that if a Native American (“Indian”) resides on an official Native American reservation, and earns all of his/her income while residing on that reservation, that the Native American doing so is EXEMPT from the reporting and payment of ANY federal income taxes.

I know in many US states that it is true. Not any reservation though…it must be their own tribes reservation and yes their income must have come from living and working there on the reservation, and not outside of the reservation.
All I can say is more power to them. I am 100% for it.

JackAdams's avatar

Can you quote a source for your information, please?

sarapnsc's avatar

https://secure.dor.state.or.us/piti/index.cfm?action=topic&id=81

If you type it in google: American Indian exempt from income tax, quite a few articles come up. This one is Oregons income laws.

JackAdams's avatar

Thank you! I am indeed grateful.

Please let me know where I can mail your money order.

sarapnsc's avatar

Send it to:
Woody
104 Bird City
Woodpecker Islands, Somewhere USA
zip code: Woody

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks. Your $1,000 is on the way.

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks! I am very grateful!

I guess I should send you $1,000, also.

stratman37's avatar

Hey Jack, you know why the Indians were here first?

They had reservations!

JackAdams's avatar

@Stratman: I had ONE date with an absolutely GORGEOUS Native American girl, when I was in my 20s.

As we were driving around, she saw a Walgreens store and asked me to please stop, so she could purchase some makeup she needed.

I made the horrible mistake of saying, “Gotta get some fresh warpaint, eh?”

She never came back to my car, for some reason…

stratman37's avatar

Ah, Jack. Ever the sensitive one!

JackAdams's avatar

You know what Native Americans said when they saw the Mayflower (supposedly) arrive at what is now, Plymouth, Massoftwochests?

“Well, there goes the neighborhood!”

Hobbes's avatar

Just for the record, Native Americans still have the short end of the stick, and their end of the stick is covered in shit. And smallpox.

Long story short, poverty, alcoholism, unemployment and a long list of other crap still makes the lives of Native Americans pretty shitty. And as they don’t benefit from most of the services that the Federal Government offers them, I think it’s only fair that they shouldn’t have to give them money.

JackAdams's avatar

Please also note that some tribes have their reservations setting atop some of the richest deposits of oil and natural gas, ever found within the borders of the United States of America, and that in some cases, the Chief of the tribe (and some of his cronies) live a life of ease and luxury, while his people starve.

tigerlilly2's avatar

Have you ever been to a reservation? From what I’ve seen that sounds extremely fabricated.

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