GRT dispute threatens Indian Market

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A dispute over taxes may keep more than 200 artists from opening their booths in downtown Santa Fe for this weekend's Indian Market unless organizers can fix things with the state and the city of Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the problem apparently stems from a long-running issue over collection of gross-receipts taxes from vendors who flock to Santa Fe each August for the world's largest exhibition and sale of American Indian arts and crafts.

The organizer of the 90th annual Indian Market says he was told Tuesday that a number of artists would not have their booth cards approved by the city. Bruce Bernstein says artists had either not paid back taxes to the state or didn't have a taxpayer identification number.