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Wyoming Wins Suit on Lodging Tax

If you book a Wyoming hotel room online, you will now have to pay sales tax on the full price paid. The Wyoming Supreme Court has affirmed a decision requiring online travel companies to remit sales tax to Wyoming.

The Wyoming Department of Revenue believed web-based travel sites were required to collect and remit sales tax on the full price of booking Wyoming hotel rooms. The online companies were charging tax on a reduced price.

“Wyoming is a premier tourist destination. It is our second leading industry and no company in the industry should have an unfair advantage,” Governor Mead said in a release. “This decision requires online companies to collect sales tax on the full price paid – the same as customers who book directly with a hotel or motel.”

Governor Mead also commended the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office for its work.