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Old 04-15-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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New Hampshire Repeals "Tent Tax" on Camping

The State of New Hanpshire legislature has passed a bill that repeals the 9% "Meals and Services" tax as it applies to camp sites.

House vote pulls stakes on tent tax - Friday, Mar. 12, 2010

The Bill, HB1445, has passed both the House and Senate and is currently on Governor Lynch's desk awaiting his signature. It goes into effect on passage which means it is likely to be gone by the end of the month.

Here is the text of the Bill:

HB 1445

Good news for campers in New England!
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:41 AM   #2
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:50 AM   #3
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You sure don't hear many stories about states repealing any tax.

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It's always odd with lodgers taxes (aka, bed tax). They're typically higher than a kite, and we'd obviously prefer not to have to pay them.

-The tax basis for most of those is some wording about getting tourists to pay for local amenities that would serve the tourists. But if you look carefully at it, a good number of the projects funded by these taxes are pretty questionable as enhancements for tourists.

-Our town sought state approval for a special add-on to the local lodgers tax to pay for a soccer field. (Yeah, right. Sooo many of our RVing guests head to dizzying elevation in order to play soccer.) The state approved, but the local voters were required to vote on it, which they did. However, unlike the regular lodgers tax, the exact wording of the approval ballot specifically referred to "rooms" and specified that it had to be at least three of these. We took this to mean that RV sites are excluded and have not collected the tax.


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Just received a $9 rebate from State of NH for SP reservations we had earlier this year...how cool is that?!

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i hope florida follows them.
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They spend a lot of time worrying about services used by travellers coming in but do they ever give a refund to locals going away?

If you shut up your house for 2 weeks and go away on vacation shouldn't they give you a refund on your taxes? Fair is fair.
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