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Congressman Ron Kind

Representing the 3rd District of Wisconsin

Rep. Kind Introduces Legislation for Fairer Tax Rules for Native Americans

June 29, 2017
Press Release
Would Apply to Wisconsin Tribes

Today, Rep. Kind introduced a bill to allow Native American Tribes to be treated the same as state and local governments for federal tax purposes. Currently, there are confusing and at times restrictive tax rules imposed on tribes, which has resulted in unfair treatment.


“Wisconsin Tribes deserve to be treated the same way under our tax rules as their counterparts in local government, and it is long past time we take steps to make this a reality. By fixing the unfair and confusing tax rules currently imposed on the tribes we can bring certainty and spur economic growth in local communities,” said Rep. Kind.


“The Ho-Chunk Nation thanks Congressman Kind for his focus on these important tax reforms which will lead to more access to capital by the Nation and tribes across the country. We urge the committees that will consider the Kind bill to take swift action to get these changes in law made so that jobs can be created and household incomes increased,” said Darren Brinegar, Vice President of Ho-Chuck Nation.


This bipartisan legislation would help bring tax fairness to Native American Tribes in Wisconsin and throughout the country. Rep. Kind’s legislation allows tribal governments to be treated similarly to other governments in the following ways:


  • Equal treatment of Tribes as States with respect to bond issuances and excise taxes
  • Equal treatment of pension and employee benefit plans maintained by tribal governments
  • Equal treatment of Tribal foundations and charities like charities funded and controlled by other governmental funders and sponsors
  • Improving effectiveness of Tribal Child Support Enforcement Agencies by equal access to the Federal Parent Locator Service and Federal Tax Refund Offsets
  • Recognizing tribal governments for purposes of determining under the adoption tax credit whether a child has "special needs"