Despite our best efforts, state legislators in Iowa and Pennsylvania earlier this year passed legislation aimed at the online travel agencies (OTAs) that could impact agencies of all stripes. The bills, both signed into law shortly after passage, require that state and local hotel taxes be calculated on the full price paid by the end consumer for his hotel room, inclusive of any service or consulting fee or markup charged by a "lodging facilitator" (Iowa) or a "booking agent" (Pennsylvania). How, you ask, will this impact non-OTA agents? Take a look at our members-only analysis published today.
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