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Wyoming high court sides with state on lodging tax



Published: Fri, April 4, 2014 @ 9:50 a.m.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled the state can collect the full tax amount on retail lodging sales made by online travel companies, even if they have no physical presence in the state.

Thursday’s ruling affirms a decision by the State Board of Equalization in 2013.

An attorney who represented seven online travel companies argued they should not be seen as vendors because they don’t actually grant reservations or sell rooms. The companies were Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Hotwire, Orbitz, Cheaptickets and Hotels.com.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the companies had hoped to continue the practice of collecting and remitting taxes to the state based on lower rates that they negotiate with the hotels instead of the higher prices offered to consumers.


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1billdog1(1158 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Refuse to sell hotel rooms within the state. See if the state sees their tax grabbing any differently when these agencies no longer offer services in their state and the states loose business, tax dollars from others sources such as restaurants, skying, etc... The time has come to start looking at politician pay and benefit packages as a means to reduce spending.

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2NilesOhio(709 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The last I checked, Wyoming wasn't a huge tourist destination. Sure, they have part of the Yellowstone National Park and some oil/gas workers, but not too much else going on there.

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