North Charleston, county settling hotel tax dispute with travel websites

North Charleston, county settling hotel tax dispute with travel websites
News from Charleston Post Courier:

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The $ 3.5 million hotel tax settlement is being funded by: Expedia, $ 2,220,414; Priceline, $ 549,292; Orbitz, $ 392,083; and Travelocity, $ 347,083.

A sampling of how much some Lowcountry municipalities will receive, rounded to the nearest dollar:

Counties

Georgetown: $ 56,339

Berkeley: $ 16,086

Colleton: $ 7,411

Cities/towns

Isle of Palms: $ 52,496

Folly Beach: $ 9,113

Summerville: $ 4,958

Kiawah Island: $ 2,391

Moncks Corner: $ 846

Edisto Beach: $ 694

Yemassee: $ 682

Walterboro: $ 285

Court document

As tax season enters the home stretch, a couple of local governments are anticipating some hefty refunds.

Not from the IRS, though.

The city of North Charleston and Charleston County stand to collect more than half of a seven-figure legal settlement with a long list of travel websites, most of them owned and operated by Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity and Orbitz.

It’s the latest turn in a long-running nationwide dispute over hospitality taxes that many municipalities charge hotels and, in turn, their guests.

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