- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana officials say they plan to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their attempt to collect more hotel and car-rental taxes from online travel companies.

Attorneys for the Department of Revenue filed a notice of appeal Monday with the Montana Supreme Court.

District Judge Kathy Seeley of Helena rejected the agency’s claims that online companies such as Priceline and Orbitz don’t pay their fair share of taxes on the money they collect from customers who book rooms and vehicles through their websites.

Seeley ruled in March state law puts the tax burden on the hotels and car-rental companies, not on the online companies.

The lawsuit says companies keep the difference between the taxes calculated in the retail price they charge customers and the lower rates negotiated with hotels and rental companies.

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