- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Hertz owes a western Pennsylvania county $1.8 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties from rental cars at Pittsburgh International Airport, the Allegheny County Controller’s Office says.

The most recent figure is several hundred thousand dollars more than originally estimated in April when Controller Chelsa Wagner said Hertz underpaid the county about $1.4 million by directing the proceeds of a $2-a-day rental tax to the state. The updated figure reflects an audit of Hertz’s taxes from January 2008 to April 2010.

Hertz spokesman Bill Masterson said the company has cooperated with the audit and is working with the treasurer’s office to resolve the problem. He noted that the company didn’t avoid the tax, but sent it to the wrong place. Masterson said he wasn’t sure whether the company is challenging penalty and interest charges.

The tax on vehicle rentals was set up to help fund the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Wagner said in a news release Wednesday that she wants the county to earmark the money for restoration of service eliminated by the agency during a budget crunch four years ago.

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This story has been corrected to show that Wagner’s first name is spelled Chelsa, not Chelsea.

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