Online line travel companies like Expedia and Travelocity have won their appeal as to how much tax they should have to pay on hotel rooms they book in Florida.
Broward county and other Florida companies who were hoping for a windfall in hotel taxes from online travel companies may be out a luck. A Judge in Tallahassee has ruled that while the companies owe the counties taxes. they must be based on their discounted rates, meaning government will get less.
Armed with fresh documents that show online travel companies may have conspired to avoid paying more than $440 million in taxes in Florida, a state legislator is urging Attorney General Pam Bondi to force the travel giants to pay up.
A bill that would exempt online hotel booking companies from having to pay state taxes on price mark ups they term service fees has easily passed in the Florida House.