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Meant to target tourists, proposed sales tax bump would apply to Wyoming restaurants, hotels and more

November 8, 2017 in News

What was initially billed as a “tourism tax” morphed into a leisure and hospitality tax at the Joint Interim Revenue Committee meeting here on Tuesday. Why? Because it doesn’t just tax tourism. It never did, really.

First proposed in September by the travel industry itself, the bill would impose a 1 percent sales tax on a host of businesses that cater at least in part to tourists. The bill is intended to ensure a dedicated source of funding for the state tourism office by taxing tourists themselves in the places they are likely to be spending money.

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