ATR & COGC Support H.R. 2543, the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act

Today, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and Cost of Government Center Executive Director Mattie Duppler sent a letter to Representatives Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) in support of their bill, H.R. 2543, the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act (EDSTAR). The bi-partisan bill aims to prohibit government from imposing discriminatory and burdensome taxes currently suffered by the car rental industry and its customers. In part, the letter reads:

Revenue-hungry politicians mistakenly believe that by taxing car rentals they are burdening visitors, not voters. In reality, half of all cars are rented by in-state residents. Lawmakers should be greatly concerned about a practice that targets one industry for onerous and unfair taxation to raise money for parochial projects. For years, car rental customers have been the unwitting funders of sports stadiums and convention centers costing billions of dollars, despite the fact that these projects have little, if any, intended benefit for drivers.

Rental companies, of course, do not operate in a vacuum. Auto manufacturers, auto insurance companies and the broader travel industry are all affected by increasing the cost of rentals. These industries provide myriad jobs to the American economy; Washington should be working to abolish barriers that could continue to impede the fragile recovery. Support of EDSTAR signals lawmakers are serious about doing just that.

The passage of H.R. 2543 would allow Congress to put an end to the unjust practice of taxing rental car companies. Thus, we urge your colleagues to support the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act.

 

To read the whole letter, click HERE.

TAGS: TAKEACTION, Regulation, Excise Taxes

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