Travel Sites Win Hotel Tax Fight In Fla. Appeals Court

Law360, Miami (February 28, 2013, 8:40 PM EST) -- A group of online travel companies won their battle with several Florida counties Thursday as a state appellate court upheld a lower court's ruling that the state's bed tax applies only to the hotel room rate and not additional compensation kept by the booking websites.

The panel of the First District Court of Appeal came to a 2-1 decision that the state's 1977 Tourist Development Tax and 1949 Transient Rentals Tax place a duty on the hotels, not the customer, and that the taxes should be...
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