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Jim Rice

Court: Online companies must pay tax on booking fees

Online travel companies such as Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia must pay Montana's sales tax on lodging and car rentals for the fees they collect from customers who book through their websites, the Montana Supreme Court ruled. The high court said in its Wednesday ruling that the companies must pay back taxes dating to November 2010. That is when the state Department of Revenue filed its lawsuit over the fees the companies charge customers above the wholesale rates at which they book rooms and vehicles. Revenue officials said they don't yet know how much the companies will be required to pay. "There will be a gathering of information with the (online travel...