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The fees owed by online businesses including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity stretch at least from 2007 to 2010 — when Denver first assessed the overdue taxes on them — and could reach as far back as 2001. Additionally, both sides agreed for the case to clear the courts before deciding whether the companies owe the city anything for the years 2011 to the present.

To date, OTCs have collected and remitted lodger’s tax based on the reduced cost of the hotel room they acquire, not the actual price of the room they sell to the customer. This is an issue not just here in Denver but across the nation. The local case has been winding through the courts for several years.

Read the entire article from the Denver Post.