D.C. Attorney General To Sue Online Travel Companies | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

D.C. Attorney General To Sue Online Travel Companies

Play associated audio

Acting Attorney General Irv Nathan says these companies have failed to pay tens of millions of dollars in taxes.

The lawsuit claims that these online vendors are paying the city's 14.5 percent hotel tax at the wholesale rate on each room, not on what the customer actually pays after the room is marked up by the company.

It may be a difference of a few dollars on each room, but Nathan says it adds up to $4 to $10 million in lost taxes each year for the city –- and he plans to recover all of the lost taxes, penalties and interest dating back to 1998.

Similar suits have been filed all over the country, and a spokesperson for the association representing online travel companies, says "an overwhelming majority" have been decided in their favor.

NPR

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.
NPR

Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered a link between what you taste and what you hear.
NPR

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.
NPR

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.