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Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lodging tax

Get ready for new lodging tax reporting

The 2013 legislation that maintained most uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, requires cities and counties with a lodging tax to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) instead of the Department of Commerce.

Over the past few months, JLARC has sought feedback on its draft lodging tax reporting form with the intent of having cities and counties submit their first reports in the spring of 2014. Thank you to the many cities who reviewed and commented on this form. JLARC is now in the process of making a number of changes to the report, including development of a web-based reporting system. They will be seeking volunteer cities and counties to test the reporting system during 2014.

In addition, after consulting with legislative staff and attorneys, JLARC will not require reporting until the spring of 2015. They will be seeking data about 2014 recipients at that time. See the message on JLARC’s website here. Cities need to be collecting data from all applicants and recipients of 2014 lodging tax revenue in order to complete the spring 2015 reports.

More information about the reporting requirements and other changes to the lodging tax can be found in AWC’s Fact Sheet and MRSC’s blog.

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