First it was Los Angeles, then Bellingham, Wash., and San Diego . Now the move to stop Internet travel sites from charging customers for taxes the city never sees is moving to Atlanta . From The Atlantic Journal-Constitution:
- According to the suit, the companies buy blocks of rooms at a cost lower than what they charge customers, who book services on their sites. The suit said the sites charge customers a 7 percent tax based on a higher room rate but only pass along to the city the tax that would apply to the lower room rates they get by buying rooms in bulk.
I haven't heard much from the other side of the story yet, but I'm sure it's coming.