Hotel owners in Florida and elsewhere are refusing to pay the state’s taxes for the first time in decades.
Hotels are reporting a net loss of $9 million in the fiscal year that ended on March 31.
The number of guests staying in the hotels in Miami-Dade County fell by 18 percent, from 2.2 million in 2015 to 2.1 million in 2016, according to a hotel survey.
The hotel industry is also facing challenges in California, as many of the resorts have gone bankrupt and are shuttered.
But Florida’s hotel industry, which accounts for about $1.2 billion in revenue, has long been seen as an investment that is in the long-term best interest of the state.
That is, if hotels are allowed to stay open at all, the industry could help pay for other vital state services, like roads and schools.
In fact, the hotel industry has been successful in its fight to remain open.
Hotels have thrived in the absence of government regulation.
In Florida, the number of hotel rooms in use increased by 30 percent between 2010 and 2015.
The new tax law that will go into effect on January 1 makes it illegal to pay tax in advance for more than 180 days in a calendar year, except by filing a state income tax return.
And hotels will be required to pay an extra $5,000 on every night they stay in a hotel room.
The law also includes a $10,000 fine for anyone who stays longer than 30 days without paying their taxes.
The state is expected to collect about $2.3 billion in hotel taxes from hotels in the coming year, according a report by the Florida Department of Taxation and Finance.
Hotel taxes in California are also set to increase, with hotels expected to spend $1 billion in the next two years, according the Los Angeles Times.
In other words, the tax code has created a situation where hotels are being taxed in advance, which means that they have been able to spend the tax money elsewhere.
The hotel industry said the new tax rules would be a nightmare for its members.
“Hotel tax is an essential tool that has allowed hotels to grow and thrive in this difficult economic climate,” said John W. Gaskins, chairman of the Florida Hotel &Casinos Association, in a statement.
“The current tax rate of 4 percent for hotel occupancy tax, which is the current rate set by the Department of Finance, is outdated and outdated because of the economic downturn.
The state must continue to invest in these vital industries that are vital to the economy of Florida.”
Hotel Owners in California:The Tax Code is Unfair to ConsumersHotel Taxes in California were first introduced in the 1990s as a way to help the state make up for lost revenue from the state economy.
In order to pay for the increased tax collection, the state required hotels to use credit card payments, which are used to cover the cost of room services.
But the new taxes have led to some of the most expensive hotel taxes in the country.
In California, hotels have been collecting tax on a per-night basis for decades.
Hotel tax collected in 2017, for example, was $15,500, according an analysis by Real Clear Politics.
In 2017, the average hotel room in California was $3,200, according Airbnb.
The tax has caused a sharp drop in hotel occupancy in recent years.
The average number of rooms booked per night in hotels nationwide fell by 17 percent between 2013 and 2017.
Hotter weather, higher demand and a rising minimum wage are also contributing to the drop in occupancy.
The recent surge in tourism in the state has contributed to a 15 percent increase in hotel room occupancy last year.
The recent tax increases are one more reason for hotel owners in California to demand a reduction in the tax.
The new tax laws have also caused the state to take an aggressive approach to enforcing the hotel tax, according Gaskin.
He said he is considering an appeal to the California Tax Commission, which could have a negative impact on hotel occupancy.
“The tax on hotels has been a major contributor to our state budget, and the impact on the hotel business will be felt in the future,” Gaskis said in a news release.