Online travel companies ordered to pay Hawaii millions in overdue taxes

Travel companies owe the State of Hawaii hundreds of millions of dollars in general excise tax, according to a Tax Appeal Court ruling.

It’s a partial victory for the state, which filed suit alleging nine major online travel companies underpaid Hawaii taxes for more than a decade.

But Tax Court came down on the web-sellers’ side on hotel taxes known as Transient Accommodations, or TAT. So, the state says it will still appeal for another $183 million in TAT.

The companies owing the most in Thursday’s ruling include Expedia, Travelocity, and Hotels.com.

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