If you have stayed at a hotel or motel property within the state of Georgia during the past 13 days, you might have noticed that the room rate is more expensive. This is because effective as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015, a new tax adds five dollars per night for hotel stays as the result of a new law.
This means that a stay of five nights in the state of Georgia will tack on $25.00 to your folio — in addition to the room rate, existing taxes and fees — when you check out of your room.
The hotel tax was a provision added at the last minute to fund the HB 170 Transportation Funding Act of 2015 with a price tag of greater than $900 million, as voted on in the final version of the law by members of the Georgia General Assembly.
Section 5-15 starting on page 18 of this document — now known as Code 48-13-50.3 — states the following…
It is Official: The United States Will Allegedly Eventually Charge Tax to Visitors From Other Countries — To Promote Tourism
The latetst junk tax – US proposes $10 fee on foreign visitors — to promote travel! will allegedly become a reality.
The Travel Promotion Act of 2009, passed by the United States Senate on 9 September 2009 by a margin of 79-19, with 1 Senator not voting, allows “to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.”
This may mean that some visitors to the United States may be charged a US$10 fee just for visiting the United States. That money apparently will be used to fund ways to attract more international tourists to the United States, which quite a number of FlyerTalk members believe is an “absolutely terrible idea,“ while other FlyerTalk members fear retaliatory fees by other nations will be imposed on tourists who are citizens of the United States when entering their countries.
Some countries allow tax bills to be charged to credit card, and many allow large purchases subject to credit limits and vendor agreement. So naturally some FTers wonder if they can get a lot of miles by overpaying their credit card to effectively increase the available credit.
UK air passenger duty (APD) will be changing (and increasing). The current European vs inter-continental split will change to a distance based tax. Longhaul business and first class will get the biggest tax, up to £110 from 1 November 2009 and £170 in 2010. Ouch. The taxing changes are discussed here.
You are not alone. Some FTers on the bmi forum are documenting taxes on paid tickets and the same ticket as an award. Unfortunately the tax figure is not always the same (somehow only ever ends up being higher).
Although one is not required to pay 500 baht for a square piece of paper with a hole punched through it when departing from Suvarnhabumi Airport in Thailand, this does not mean that one does not have to pay the departure tax anymore.
In fact, the departure tax increased to 700 baht as of 1 February 2007.
Find out additional details in the 500 Baht Departure Tax – the end of an era! thread.