NYC Fights To Preserve Tax On Web Hotel Booking Fees

Law360, New York (October 9, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT) -- New York City's 2009 move to impose hotel room occupancy taxes on service or booking fees charged by online reservation clearinghouses like Expedia Inc., LP and Orbitz LLC was squarely within its legal authority, a city lawyer told the state's top court on Wednesday.

Attorney Andrew G. Lipkin made the case at the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany for the city statute — passed in 2009 — after a mid-level appellate court threw out so-called Local Law 43 in 2011, finding that...
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