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Hawaii judge rules against online travel companies

By Associated Press


Hawaii's attorney general says a tax appeals court judge has ruled in favor of the state against nine popular travel sites.

Tax Appeal Court Judge Gary Chang entered his final judgment on Thursday, saying the companies including Orbitz Worldwide Inc. and Expedia Inc. owe Hawaii an additional $25 million for statutory interest on tax penalties.

The attorney general says the nine companies now owe about $246 million in taxes, penalties and interest for unpaid taxes from 2000 to 2011.

The state says the ruling will generate $30 million in annual general excise tax collections for Hawaii if upheld.

The state says the companies took in more than $2.7 billion in revenue in Hawaii between 2000 and 2011.

The companies are based in states including Washington, Texas, Illinois and Connecticut.

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2NDC wrote:
Watching the state actually collect these taxes is gonna be interesting.
on August 15,2013 | 05:41PM
soundofreason wrote:
on August 15,2013 | 07:04PM
kiragirl wrote:
Yeah! Try collect!
on August 15,2013 | 06:30PM
soundofreason wrote:
And now they'll operate overseas. More jobs lost. Smart.
on August 15,2013 | 07:05PM
localguy wrote:
Ever notice no matter how much tax income the state collects it never gets ahead? Unions demand more money, construction costs suddenly spike, bureaucrats kowtow to special interest groups who want special projects, yada, yada, yada. Will not be long before the Nei follows other cities in declaring bankruptcy from incompetent management and greedy unions.
on August 15,2013 | 09:36PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Unions = Legalized Ponzi scheme.
on August 16,2013 | 02:01AM
clum56 wrote:
I alao, agree good luck in collecting all the $$$ owed.
on August 16,2013 | 02:56AM
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