Drivers want Congress to curb car rental taxes

Should Congress limit the taxes a city or municipality can impose on a rental car?

It’s a question elected representatives are likely to take up soon, as they consider the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act of 2009. The law, which is backed by car rental companies, would limit the excise taxes a municipality can impose on rental cars.

Cities are fighting the measure, saying it would curb their ability to raise money and represents an unwanted federal intrusion.

But a survey of more than 600 travelers conducted last week by this site and the Consumer Travel Alliance suggests drivers are on the side of car rental companies.

Asked if Congress should freeze the discriminatory excise taxes imposed by some cities, 78 percent voted “yes.” Only 21 percent rejected the idea.
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