Weekend survey: Should we limit car rental taxes?

If you’ve rented a car recently, you know that the difference between the “base” rate and the final price can be 40 to 50 percent higher. What’s with all the extras? They’re fees, surcharges — and taxes.

The car rental industry wants to limit the taxes a municipality can impose on a rental car, calling it “taxation without representation.” Cities, on the other hand, say they are providing important services for those taxes, like building roads, bridges and the occasional sports stadium.

Question is, should Congress step in and block new taxes? A proposed new bill would do just that. What do you think? Is that correct, or is this a case study of overreaching federalism?

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Here’s the survey.

Here are the results.

And a follow-up question: Do you have any stories about having your car rental bill double (or more) because of taxes? Ever tried to do something about it, like complain to the city?

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