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.