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Alas, taxation and the government bureaucrats’ insatiable desire to feed their agenda follow you everywhere.  By vacationing, you cannot escape the tax gobbler.  The tax man cometh wherever you go.  Frequent travelers, in fact, contribute more to the taxation coffers than the average person.


Every governmental entity has its fangs out for taxation on your travel dollar: Cities and states invoke automobile rental fees, sales tax on dining, and lodgers taxes.  When you shop, you pay sales taxes to the destination that you are visiting.


Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but travel taxes add up quickly and often can be a budget buster when planning an extended vacation.  In many municipalities, travelers are assessed as much as $33.00 on a $200.00 hotel room!


California’s Napa Valley, for example, in 2011, added a two percent assessment on top of an existing 12% lodgers tax: the net result: $3 million additional tax revenue.


Seattle and Washington state have a combined 15.8 percent lodger’s tax, plus a $2.00 per night per room add-on charge.


Here are some of the worst tax gougers:


New York





Kansas City




San Antonio

Columbus, Ohio


The Lowest:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida



Orange County, California

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

Burbank, California

Ontario, California