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Supreme Court rules travel companies owe state $70M

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that online travel companies like Expedia and Travelocity owe the state about $70 million in taxes, or roughly one-tenth the amount that the state initially sought.

The high court found that ten online companies weren't subject to the transient accommodations tax and scaled back the amount the companies owed in general excise taxes and penalties.

Circuit Judge Gary Chang earlier ruled in favor of the state, which said the companies owed $247 million in general excise taxes and penalties. The state also argued that the companies owed $429 million in hotel room taxes and penalties.

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