Subject: Re: Transient Occupancy Taxes
Hi Ziners, About 150 hotels in Toronto are introducing a 3% tax on rooms. The plan is to use the revenue to publicize Toronto as a tourist destination. The City's hospitality industry suffered in 2003 with SARS and the eastern seaboard blackout in August. It seems odd to have tourists pay to hear about why they should be tourists in our city, but apparently it's logical to the hotel folks.

One way to minimize taxes is to keep all purchase receipts for sales tax refunds. I know this is offered in Great Britain and throughout most of North America and likely other places around the world. In some U.S. states, showing your passport is all that is needed to have the tax removed at point of purchase. Lucy, Toronto