Hotel Room Tax Loophole Shrinks Tourist Promotion Dollars

From Monthly Roundup – A Natural Gas Task Force newsletter

An influx of out-of-state drilling workers into Pennsylvania has left fewer hotel rooms available for tourists. Counties are losing revenue because of a tax loophole. Guests can avoid paying the hotel occupancy tax by booking rooms for periods longer than 30 days. In Potter County, revenue from the 3% room tax is used for tourism promotion. A measure has been introduced in the state legislature to eliminate the 30-day exemption for hotel stays.

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