The Travel Technology Association : The Travel Technology Association: Ohio General Assembly Rejects New Online Travel Service Taxes Contact: Robin Reck, Director of Communications 202-870-8924 firstname.lastname@example.org Ohio General Assembly Rejects New Online Travel Service Taxes Travel Tax Advocates Successful in Stripping Punitive Language from House Budget Columbus, OH, June 28, 2013 - The association representing the online travel industry issued the following statement in regards to the Ohio General Assembly stripping new online travel service taxes from the state budget. Online travel services are already taxed as income. These new service taxes would have constituted punitive and duplicative taxation on the compensation of online travel companies, travel agents, tour operators and wedding planners marketing Ohio as a travel and tourism destination: "Travel Tech applauds the wisdom of the Ohio General Assembly for removing new online travel service taxes from the state's 2013 budget. Higher tax proponents were eager to claim new revenue from out-of-town tourists, but the legislature quickly realized these new taxes were duplicative and harmful, and would also apply to Ohioans and the in-state small businesses that rely on a strong travel industry." "The high-tax champions who supported this legislation attempted to slip in an 11th hour Ohio tax increase into the budget, but enlightened members of the General Assembly properly recognized these efforts as a redistribution of private tourism promotion dollars into the coffers of local government agencies." About Travel Tech The Travel Technology Association, or Travel Tech, is the association for online travel companies (OTCs) and global distribution systems (GDSs), and is dedicated to connecting consumers and travel providers, eliminating barriers to travel and protecting consumers. Travel Tech's members include: Amadeus, Expedia, Orbitz Worldwide, Priceline, Travelocity, Travelport and Vegas.com. 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW · Suite 825 · Washington, DC 20036 · 202-870-8924 www.travel-tech.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: The Travel Technology Association via Thomson Reuters ONE HUG#1713014
The Travel Technology Association : The Travel Technology Association: Ohio General Assembly Rejects New Online Travel Service
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