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Mon Jan 21, 2019, 05:08 AM

Lawmakers eye taxing tourists as gold mine

Many of the new taxes unveiled this month involve taxing tourists. This is important because Oregon just doubled the hotel and lodging tax back in 2016 and now lawmakers are eyeing the tourists that visit those hotels.

Senate Bill 28 would tax tourists in many ways from what they buy to where they stay. SB 28 would more than double the license to operate a public swimming pool or spa. SB 28 allows a hike in what recreation parks can charge. It allows increases in bed and breakfast facility fees, vending machine license fees and certain restaurant fees.

At the same time there are bills to raise taxes on leisure products like beer, wine and liquor (HB 2125 beer, wine). And taxes on vaping and tobacco and cigars (HB 2270 tobacco tax, HB 2158 cigar tax). Some of the tobacco taxes would be more than 200% increase.

Then there is the general business taxes being proposed (HB2162, HB2147,HB 2153,HB 2148, SB 206 , SB 207, SB 211). Many of the business bills related to the corporate minimum (HB 2146, HB 2160, HB 2163) which could mean hotels, restaurants and stores will be paying more whether they make a profit or not.

Read more: http://oregonbusinessreport.com/2019/01/lawmakers-eye-taxing-tourists-as-gold-mine/

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Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:47 AM

1. Last October I traveled to Kansas City

The car rental was double the advertised price. Their taxes on airport rentals was that expensive.

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Mon Jan 21, 2019, 07:10 AM

2. Tourists hey?

“At the same time there are bills to raise taxes on leisure products like beer, wine and liquor (HB 2125 beer, wine). And taxes on vaping and tobacco and cigars (HB 2270 tobacco tax, HB 2158 cigar tax). Some of the tobacco taxes would be more than 200% increase.”

Taxes aimed at citizens. ‘Sin taxes’. Typical.

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