Wyoming high court sides with state on lodging tax

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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