Tourists Are Tax-Hike Targets

Published September 1, 2006

Tourists have become victims of new tax-hiking schemes. Several states, for example, have been looking at rental car tax increases.

An effort to allow localities to raise rental car taxes was vetoed in June by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who stated in his veto message, “While I appreciate the inclusion of voter approval as a prerequisite to implementing the new tax, these taxes will be paid disparately by tourists visiting Florida, consequently creating taxation without representation.”

Taxpayers in North Carolina were not so fortunate, as the legislature passed a bill that allows Mecklenburg County to raise the rental car tax by 5 percent.

Sandra Fabry