New 1 percent tax at casino shops began September 1

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is looking into whether a 1 percent sales tax being charged at the Foxwoods and MGM Grand casinos is legal.

On Sept. 1, The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, operator of the two casinos, reportedly started charging the “tribal tax” at casino shops in addition to Connecticut’s 6 percent sales tax. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has indicated the tax may be an issue if the casinos aren’t identifying the extra tax. The AG’s office is also exploring whether the tax is legal.

The Day of New London first reported that a receipt from a purchase at Foxwoods on Sept. 2 shows a 7 percent tax listed on a single line, with no breakdown.

Foxwoods officials have indicated the tax is not connected to the tribe’s financial problems.