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San Jose Mercury News: Federal Bill Would Stop Unfair Rental Car Taxes

Dec. 14 Readers' Letters

By Ken McEldowney

In the midst of the holiday season, travelers who rent cars often experience sticker shock when they turn in the keys. In California and throughout the country, discriminatory rental car taxes have driven up prices. More than 100 U.S. cities have rental car taxes. In San Mateo County, a 2.5 percent tax is assessed for general funds, meaning whatever lawmakers like, no guarantees that it will boost tourism. A growing bipartisan coalition of like-minded organizations and lawmakers support HR 2543, the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act. EDSTAR would protect consumers by prohibiting new state or local taxes that discriminate against car renters. The bill is before the House of Representatives, and it should be passed immediately.

Ken McEldowney is the Executive Director of Consumer Action.

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