Clark County commissioners expressed little appetite today to go after online travel companies for unpaid room taxes.
Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani asked the board to consider following the lead of 45 governments nationally in suing online travel agencies for room taxes that a local attorney estimates could total $500 million.
But most commissioners seemed swayed by arguments that litigation could jeopardize a “partnership” between hotel-casinos and agents, potentially hurting tourism and costing jobs.
“We don’t end up winning, nor do the customers,” Commissioner Larry Brown said. “A couple of the law firms do.”
Giunchigliani asked staff to meet with industry representatives, tax officials and other experts to make a more detailed interpretation of state laws on room taxes.
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