High court rejects chairman’s appeal

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (AP) 11-09

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the Citizen Potawatomi Nation chairman’s appeal of a decision regarding taxes on his salary.

The high court declined without comment to hear the case of John Barrett.

According to court documents, Barrett in 1996 directed that no taxes be withheld from his paychecks, arguing his chairman salary could be paid from earnings on tax-exempt tribal trust funds.

The IRS audited Barrett’s 2001 tax return and determined that his salary was taxable income.

Barrett paid about $23,000 in taxes and penalties and then sued the Internal Revenue Service for a refund.

The lawsuit was rejected by a federal court and by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.