Fla. Counties Want High Court Backing In Expedia Tax Row

Law360, New York (April 30, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT) -- Seventeen Florida counties urged the state's highest court Wednesday to overturn two lower court rulings that exempt online booking companies like Expedia Inc. from paying a bed tax on fees they charge to customers, arguing the fees are paid as a condition of occupancy. 

The First District Court of Appeal and a trial court have both said the state's 1977 Tourist Development Tax and 1949 Transient Rentals Tax place a taxable duty on hotels, not customers, meaning the taxes should be strictly applied to hotel room rates. Yet in oral arguments before the high court, the counties insisted the law applies...

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