Travel websites being sued for hotel taxes

A lawsuit claims booking sites only pay taxes

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A lawsuit claims booking sites only pay taxes on the cheaper, wholesale rate at which the rooms were originally purchased. The difference in the two rates amounts to several million dollars of lost tax revenue for Nassau and tens of millions more statewide, said Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli. (March 14, 2013)

Nassau, Suffolk and dozens of other counties statewide can proceed with a class-action lawsuit against several travel websites that they claim owe them millions of dollars in local hotel taxes, a judge ruled Thursday.

One day after hearing testimony from attorneys representing Nassau and travel booking sites such as Travelocity, Expedia, Hotels.com and Priceline.com -- all defendants in...

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