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Lodging tax collections get smoother

Due to a changeover to a new computer system, the Wyoming Dept. of Revenue’s return of lodging tax collections this Spring was confusing to several WTIC members.

The Revenue Dept.’s Tax Division Administrator, Dan Noble, says they have now caught up and people should be seeing more normal tax returns to their counties.

WTIC Administrator Lynn Birleffi says she worked with the DoR on the problem, and understands the confusion surrounding the computer change. In addition, she says, some lodging tax boards which were just starting collections, like Jackson, saw the reduced collections as being the fault of hotels.

“The DoR will go after delinquent hotels,” Birleffi said, “so that’s not a function of a lodging tax board. The law requires that the Department impose fines and penalties for late payment and after a certain amount of time, a business can lose its sales tax license and thus cannot operate.”

Birleffi said her office will closely monitor the DoR’s changeover to a new form in January, when a new “Vendor Allowance” kicks in, allowing businesses which collect sales taxes to keep up to 1.9 percent of those taxes.

“We will keep our members informed as things happen surrounding this change, and we will work with the department to help in any way we can to ensure the change doesn’t impact our members,” Birleffi said.

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