St. Louis tops list with highest lodging taxes, again

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St. Louis repeated as the city that charges the highest lodging taxes among the 150 largest U.S. cities, HVS said in its annual Lodging Tax Report.

Between state and local taxes, St. Louis guests pay a 22% tax rate on their hotel rooms, up from the 18% they paid the previous year. Among the country's largest 25 hotel markets, Anaheim, Calif. (home to Disneyland), Houston and Indianapolis all charged 17%, while Chicago and Atlanta charged 16%.

On the lower end, Las Vegas was the least-taxing among the largest U.S. markets, charging 11.5% in room taxes. St. Petersburg, Fla., and Phoenix each charged 12%. New York, the most expensive U.S. hotel market, charged a 14.75% rate.

Overall, the 150 largest U.S. cities averaged a 13.4% room-tax rate, about the same as last year.

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