Gossips has been reporting about Hudson's lodging tax since September 2014, when it was first proposed by Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward), so doing more than simply noting it had, after all this time, finally been enacted in Tuesday night seemed unnecessary. Perhaps I was wrong.
Today, the Register-Star has story about the lodging tax with the lede: "Hotel and Airbnb owners will now pay a portion of their profits to city tax": "Hotels, Airbnbs to pay portion of profits to city tax coffers." No, that's wrong. Like sales tax, the lodging tax is a local tax added to the daily rate charged at hotels, inns, and B&Bs--including rooms rented through Airbnb. It does not come out of the profits of the owners of these hostelries any more than sales tax comes out of the profits of the owners of retail stores and service businesses. The lodging tax is paid by visitors to Hudson who stay in the city's hotels, inns, B&Bs, and Airbnbs.
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