The Osage Nation Tax Commission is now issuing sales tax exemption cards to Osage military veterans who are 100 percent disabled.
This sales tax waiver for eligible veterans will be granted on purchases made at Osage-owned businesses under the Nation’s jurisdiction and for lodging stays at the Nation-owned Osage Casino Hotel properties in Skiatook and Ponca City.
Sales and lodging tax exemption cards issued to eligible disabled veterans will list the veteran’s name, address and exemption number, which will be assigned by the Tax Commission.
Those who are eligible for the tax exemption will receive a waiver of the 5 percent sales tax collected on purchases from those Osage-owned businesses and the 5 percent lodging tax collected from stays at the Osage Casino Hotels.
The sales tax and lodging tax exemption cards are being offered as part of an ON Congressional law (ONCA 15-21) passed during the spring 2015 Hun-Kah Session to authorize the tax waivers. According to ONCA 15-21, the bill amends the Osage Tax Commission law to allow for the 100 percent sales and lodging tax exemptions at stores and businesses under the Nation’s jurisdiction for those veterans certified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to receive disability compensation at the 100 percent rate. If the veteran is deceased, surviving spouses are also eligible provided he or she is not remarried.
The bill also states the Tax Commission will make an exemption card to the spouse of an eligible person.
Osage veterans are required to provide a copy of their ON membership card; a valid photo ID; a letter or notice from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs showing the applicant is 100 percent disabled; and a copy of the DD Form 214 specifically showing the applicant was honorably discharged. The Tax Commission office is located at 220 W. Main in Pawhuska.
To apply for the tax exemption card, an application form must be completed and can be requested by calling the Osage Tax Commission office at (918) 287-5503.
Note: the sales tax exemption does not apply to tobacco product purchases.