- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has passed a bill to make third-party travel websites pay all of the state’s sales tax, because supporters say they currently are able to avoid paying the full amount.

The House of Delegates voted 84-56 on Wednesday for a Senate bill, sending it to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Opponents of the bill say it amounts to a new tax on travel websites. Steve Shur, president of the Travel Technology Association, says the measure will increase taxes on more than 200 of Maryland’s small businesses, as well as travelers who use online travel agents.

But supporters say the measure simply closes a loophole. They say the measure requires online travel companies to remit the same amount of sales tax collected from customers as Maryland’s hotels do.

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