Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Florida Attorney General Sues Expedia And Orbitz Seeking Additional Hotel Tax Revenue

Today, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum filed a lawsuit in Leon County against "Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Orbitz, Inc., the leading internet travel companies, asking for a declaratory judgment that the companies’ failure to remit the appropriate amount of taxes on hotel room rentals is a violation of Florida law."  The quote is from the Attorney General's press release which can be found here.  An article in the Palm Beach Post can be found here.  The Palm Beach Post article states "For example, if the company pays $70 for a hotel room that it resells for $100 plus taxes, it is remitting taxes for the lesser amount, the state says.  The lawsuit, said to be the first of its kind filed by a state, is similar to one Palm Beach County filed in July and by dozens of municipalities and counties across the nation."  Other articles can be found in the Miami Herald, Tampabay.com,  and the South Florida Business Journal.  The complaint is below: 
Complaint Against Expedia and Orbitz


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