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External Article 6 August 2010

For Internet Travel Sites, a New Hotel Room Tax

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Tourists visiting New York State who book their hotel rooms through travel agencies and Web sites like Expedia or Orbitz may face higher prices after state lawmakers passed legislation requiring the booking industry to collect sales tax on lodging. The measure, included in the budget that lawmakers in Albany completed on Tuesday, reclassifies third-party vendors under the tax umbrella of hotel operators, requiring them to collect the same sales tax.

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