Another Saskatchewan First Nation will soon launch its own version of the Goods and Services Tax — where the revenues will end up with the band, rather than Ottawa.
Nekaneet First Nation, located near Maple Creek, has received federal approval to be added to the First Nations Goods and Services Tax Act. That will allow it to start charging the tax on its land.Currently, Indians don't pay federal GST on reserve, but non-Indians buying goods on reserve do pay the tax. That money goes to Ottawa.
However, with federally approved First Nations GST, Ottawa remits the sales tax revenue back to the band.Sask. First Nation prepares to launch its own GST - Saskatchewan - CBC NewsSome First Nations leaders say they're opposed to FN-GST because they'd have to start charging it to their own members, too.
But Fourhorn says most of the tax will be collected off the main reserve — at the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current and through leased office space in Regina.
"The tax wouldn't affect our membership," he said.
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Like what?The band hopes to make about $20,000 a month from the tax, which it will use for economic development on the reserve.
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