HB 3579

86(R) - 2019
House Ways & Means
House Ways & Means

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Dustin Burrows

Bill Caption

Relating to the calculation, collection, and remittance of state hotel occupancy taxes.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 3579, As Introduced: a positive impact of $78,000,000 through the biennium ending August 31, 2021

Bill Analysis

HB 3579 would make various changes to the calculation and collection of hotel occupancy taxes. The bill would specify that costs such as cleaning charges and furniture rental charges are included in the price of the room for the purposes of calculating the hotel occupancy tax. The bill would exempt any telecommunications charges from being subject to the tax if separately itemized.

The bill would require a person who collects payment for rooms or spaces to collect the tax on the behalf of the hotel owner/operator if they are not the same person (such as online booking services).

Lastly, the bill would extend exemption from occupancy tax to persons renting a space for at least 30 consecutive days, similar to the same exemption for rooms.

Vote Recommendation Notes

While we oppose hotel occupancy taxes, this bill does not create a new tax and does not necessarily expand an existing tax. The bill does clarify that a "space" in a hotel is subject to the same tax as a "room". This clarifies the statute since the law already requires a "space" to be subject to the tax. The provision requiring third party booking services to collect and remit the tax would ensure that rooms are treated equally for tax purposes regardless of whether they are booked directly with the hotel or through a third party booking service. For these reasons we remain neutral on HB 3579.