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IOWA TRAVEL INDUSTRY CONCERNED OVER POSSIBLE TAX HIKE

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Much of the tax policy debate at the Iowa statehouse has focused on tax cuts, but there are also tax increases under consideration.
One involves a tax increase in the travel industry that’s included in Governor Kim Reynolds’ proposal.

Christopher Rants of Sioux City is a lobbyist who represents an online travel association known as Travel Tech:

OC……..something like that.” :23

According to Rants, the way the new definition is written, the state sales tax must be paid by the “lodging facilitator” — even though that person, maybe a realtor, or an entity like Facebook — may not be taking the payment for the rental.

OC…….the lodging facilitator.” 3x :26

People who book through Air-B-N-B are to pay the Iowa sales tax as well as any city lodging taxes as part of their on-line reservation.

Rants is the former Speaker of the Iowa House and served in the legislature representing Sioux City from 1993-2010.

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