New York Considers Equalizing Taxes For Tribal, Commercial Casinos

The hotly contested issue of whether tribal casinos should be allowed to continue to pay markedly lower tax rates than their commercial competitors is one of the questions New York regulators will be examining in a broad study of the state’s casino industry.

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) is reviewing responses to a request for proposals (RFP) for a broad study of the state’s gaming industry, one that would cover a myriad of issues facing casinos in the state.

One of the most controversial questions the commission hopes to examine, at least from the perspective of tribal gaming operators, is whether there should be “rate equalization” between the two segments of the industry, commercial versus tribal.

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