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Online travel firms claim bill is new tax, legislators say it closes loophole

By Len LazarickLen@MarylandReporter.com

Is a bill targeting online travel companies creating a new tax on services, as opponents claim, or an attempt to close a loophole and collect sales tax on hotel charges the companies are pocketing for themselves?

Those are the key issues the state Senate will be debating Friday as it takes up SB190 that passed out of its Budget and Taxation Committee Wednesday.

Many senators and their staff have admitted struggling with those issues. Sen. Michael Hough, R-Frederick-Carroll, who moved to delay discussion of the bill, said he had heard conflicting views about what the bill does.

– See more at: http://marylandreporter.com/2015/03/19/online-travel-firms-claim-bill-is-new-tax-legislators-say-closes-loophole/#sthash.O3x3paw6.dpuf

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