June 2nd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Out of dozens of tax bills introduced this year, Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed one of the only ones that made it through the legislature -- the hotly debated and heavily lobbied online hotel sales tax.
Proponents of the bill, SB190, mainly Maryland brick and mortar hotels, claimed the online companies are charging but not remitting to the state the same tax the hotels charge.
Online travel companies claimed the bill was really a “trojan horse,” an entirely new tax disguised as an effort to even the playing field
May 12th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland's chief tax collector, Comptroller Peter Franchot, supports a long-term moratorium on increases on taxes and fees, but he also opposes major tax cuts.
"We should have a multi-year moratorium on taxes and fees," Franchot told the Arbutus Roundtable Monday as the group of generally conservative Democrats honored him for his fiscal responsibility
April 23rd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Gov. Larry Hogan is now wrestling with the issue many legislators debated this session: are online travel agents paying the full sales-tax owed to Maryland
April 21st, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Gov. Larry Hogan and even the Democratic leadership were crowing that they passed a balanced budget with no new taxes. But that wasn't for lack of trying by some legislators
April 16th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Counties that have been successfully sued can expect to be writing checks double the amount they paid for tort claims previously, as the $200,000 cap increases to $400,000 in October
April 9th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Online travel companies lost their battle to prevent paying more Maryland sales tax on the House floor Wednesday, a fight they had already lost in the Senate.
Having been unable to persuade the lawmakers on the first floor of the State House that this is a new tax on their hotel booking services, they are now taking their case to Gov. Larry Hogan on the second floor.
A spokesman for the governor said he has yet to take a position on the legislation
April 8th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
As popular shows like “VEEP” and “House of Cards” continue to receive tax-credit aid from Maryland, legislators debate whether the return is really worth the $25 million output.
Currently, SB 905 sets up the House and Senate for a debate on the continuance of the film tax credit scheduled to end in July 2016. House of Cards has threatened to pull out of the state if this credit is not continued
April 7th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
The effort to collect more Maryland sales tax from travel websites such as Orbitz and Expedia moved closer to enactment as the House gave preliminary approval to legislation backed by Marriott International and hotel chains.
The online sites call the measure a new tax and the hotels say it is an existing tax the tech travel sites were pocketing instead of paying. Local travel agents say they may be caught in the crossfire, and wind up paying tax on their service fees
March 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
A Senate committee voted on four of Gov. Larry Hogan’s tax relief proposals Friday, significantly scaling back three of them and outright killing a fourth.
Average taxpayers will see little to no immediate effect of any of the measures as passed by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee
March 24th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
The Senate in a 32-15 vote Tuesday passed a bill its sponsors claim closes a tax loophole for online travel sites, but those companies as well as brick-and-motor travel agents are protesting it as a new tax on services