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Published on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Update on 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.

JLARC initially issued a draft lodging tax reporting form that many cities and counties reviewed and provided comment. Based on those comments, JLARC began development of a web-based reporting system. The web-based system is in the process of being tested by a group of volunteer municipalities, and JLARC will make changes based on feedback from the test group prior to releasing the system to all municipalities.

Although JLARC is not requiring reporting until the spring of 2015, you will need to be ready to provide data about 2014 recipients at that time. See the message on JLARC’s website here. Cities should 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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