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house Bill H.R. 3043

Tax Break: Removing Welfare From Income Tax For Tribal Groups

Argument in favor

This bill would promote self-reliance among tribal groups by removing taxes that keep them dependent on federal welfare — without costing taxpayers money.

Argument opposed

Tribal groups are already exempted from federal taxes on social benefit programs — more tax breaks will give welfare recipients an incentive to rely on federal funds.

What is House Bill H.R. 3043?

This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow "members of Indian tribes" to exclude the amount of welfare they receive from their gross income when calculating income tax.

In this context, welfare refers to “Indian general welfare benefit,” which is any payment or service delivered to a Native American through a tribal government program. The tax benefit of this bill applies to any Indian welfare program, as long as benefits are available to any tribal member, are dispersed without discrimination or favoritism, and don’t go toward lavish expenses.

If enacted, this bill would order the Secretary of the Treasury to create a Tribal Advisory Committee to collaborate with the Treasury on tax matters regarding Native Americans. It would also create training and education for IRS field agents on federal Indian law and how to implement elements of this bill. Lastly, it would cancel audits of Indian tribal governments and individual members and dismiss any tax penalties incurred by individuals who have already excluded welfare benefits from their gross income.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3043

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

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In Depth:

H.R. 3043 has attracted strong support from various Native American tribal groups across the country. Proponents of the bill argue that it will end unfair taxation on essential tribal government programs like housing, child care, education, etc. It would also create exemptions for vital cultural services. According to, medicine men would not need to report cash payments for their services to the IRS because they’re promoting the general welfare of their community. In addition to economic benefits, Native American leaders hope that this bill will grant a greater measure of independence to inhabitants on Indian Reservations.

Tax exemptions will have a significant impact on Native American communities, which frequently have higher rates of unemployment and high school dropouts than other racial groups. According to the Pew Research Center, one in four Native Americans are living in poverty.


U.S. Treasury Department Press Release

The Hill


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Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the treatment of general welfare benefits provided by Indian tribes.

bill Progress

  • EnactedSeptember 26th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 18th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed September 17th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedAugust 2nd, 2013

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    Connor, WE DO PAY TAXES, WE PAY FEDERAL TAXES, AND PAY STATE TAXES IF WE WORK OFF THE RESERVATION. WHEN THE EUROPEAN AMERICANS THAT CAME HERE AND PROCEEDED TO CREATE POLICY TO REMOVE INDIANS, THAT HITLER REALLY REALLY LIKE ABOUT AMERICA, THE EVICTION/EXTERMINATION OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE THAT USED GOVERNMENT POLICY TO NORMALIZE IT. WE CAN ACTUALLY BLAME AMERICA FOR THE HOLOCAUST THEY COMMITTED AGAINST MY PEOPLE, AND THE JEWS! The peanuts you think you pay in tax, is nothing, to the blood, lies, abuse, murder, attacks, and crimes against all humanity! That were gutted from the First Nations people. The homestead act, wow, not only did greedy merikans need more land, they even ripped tribal land from my people. They stole resources, coal, timber, grazing, oil, resources, never paying a dime, while scamming the remaining land they had, by forcing them to farm. That they knew wasn't going to happen, because the people charged as Indian agents, were foreclosing for as little as a dollar and taking land when they did. Then get this, made lies upon lies, saying our good injuns need water for their crops... Send money for irrigation for the good injun, from their good injun accounts, the money paid for them to give up all other land and stay on reservation. Which was only enforced if an Indian was a renegade. That's when bounty hunters would collect their bloody red skins and cash in on the. (that's called civilizing, the uncivilized) now. Are you tired of drunk in Indians, not taking advantage of the same liberties you have? Tired of hearing about abusive, alcoholic, broken families fucking up your AMERICAN DREAM? Thank the boarding schools for that. You tell me how a nation of citizens would turn out if your kids were ripped from your family, forced to speak a different language, hair cut, doused in kerosene for good measure, put in to uniforms, and regularly beat, raped, and even murdered, stripped of everything you know, you tell me you would end up the same way. In this day when it seemed like we were progressing together, on my Rez, that has more white people than tribal, gets handed tea party bullshit. Whose fucking citizens are you and are we? Because where in the us are there white people policed by country cops, and their own white citizen cops? No where, that would be racist. But white people have more say about who can pull me over on my reservation? Fuck you. You could take the top 1/10th of 1% money triple it! and hand each tribal member all that money! and you could never pay! the taxes you all have not paid. INFACT, I just recently read, tribes in Montana are legally collect taxes from businesses that bring their businesses on their reservation. Pretty obvious you took to heart everything you were taught in school. They lied to you, because they were to weak to admit their fuck ups, and you are too weak to even see, the fuck ups. You tell me why AMERICAN HEROS ARE FUCKING CARTOONS. THIS COUNTRY, SHOULD HAVE JAD THE FUCKING BALLS TO EXTERMINATE MY PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE, AND WE WON'T FORGET!
    If I have to pay tax they should too