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Tax change clarified for vehicle sales on rez

Feb 6, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Treasurer's Office has announced a revision to the vehicle sales tax exemption policy for residents of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Beginning Jan. 1, if members of the Northern Arapaho or Eastern Shoshone tribes purchase a vehicle and take possession of it at a physical location on the reservation, then they are exempt from the payment of sales tax.

"I have revised the policy based upon recent conversations with the Wyoming Department of Revenue," said Fremont County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger in a press release.

The policy was revised because of confusion among tribal members about conflicting responses from the treasurer's office and the Wyoming Department of Revenue.

"It's not based on where they reside, it's based on where it occurs," he said.

The treasurer's office will require a shipping document as evidence, and that it be provided by the common carrier. An affidavit from the seller also can be presented to show proof that the property was delivered by the seller to the location on the reservation.

Harnsberger said the decision has nothing to do with the recent EPA ruling, and his office continues to recognize the exterior boundaries of the reservation as defined by the Wind River Cession Act of 1905. The clarification also does not change the policy for registration fees.