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August 10, 2007

Soaking the tourists with taxes

Rentcars_2  Rented a car lately? Then you remember what it's like to get soaked with local taxes. I just booked a full-size car through Thrifty for an eight-day stay in Seattle and Vancouver later this month.

The base rate (including a toddler seat) for the "Dodge Charger or similiar" car, rented from Sea-Tac Airport: $224.99. With taxes and fees: $437.46, almost double the base rate.

That includes an 11.1 percent "concession recovery fee;" $4-per-day "customer facility charge;" 9.7 percent "rental tax;" and 8.9 percent sales tax.

But Forbes reports that rental agencies are fighting back, forming a coalition and persuading 10 House members that would ban any new car rental taxes on the grounds that they impede commerce.

-- Scott

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