|Subject: Re: Transient Occupancy Taxes|
About 150 hotels in Toronto are introducing a 3% tax on rooms.
plan is to use the revenue to publicize Toronto as a tourist
destination. The City's hospitality industry suffered in 2003
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
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