Tribes Look To Gain Ground In Congressional Tax Push
Tribes are capitalizing on the current legislative spotlight on federal taxes to push for changes to the tax code that would put Native American governments on equal footing with state and local governments. The Kind bill, one such proposal, brings together measures that have been test driven with previous Congresses to some success.
"No one has a crystal ball, but it's certainly a lot of people's intention to get something done very, very soon," Partner Nicole Elliott said.
"The Republicans generally don't want to do something that's completely new," Public Affairs adviser Kayla Gebeck, who has contributed to the Kind bill with Holland & Knight Partner Kathleen Nilles, said. The parity provisions in the bill, which also would put tax credits for those adopting Indian children on par with those for other adoptive parents, are "not something we're really going to create new, but can just add tribes to," she said.
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