The city of Columbus got another win Monday before the Georgia Supreme Court in a case about how much tax dollars it should get from travel Web sites.
In a 6-1 decision, justices affirmed a local judge’s decision and ruled that Columbus is owed tax revenue from hotels.com based on the rate the customer pays for the lodging, not the wholesale amount the Web site pays. Monday’s ruling is “virtually identical” to a 4-3 June decision by the high court, which also was about tax revenue from an online travel company, Expedia Inc.
“And what the Supreme Court said in both cases is, the tax should be based on the retail room rate paid by the customer,” said attorney Trip Tomlinson, an attorney for the city.
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