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Deferral or Forgiving of Hotel Taxes: What Authority and Options Exist for Texas Cities and CVBs
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4/24/2020
When: 4/24/2020
1:00 PM
Where: United States

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Please join us for a very important webinar presented in partnership with Texas Hotel & Lodging Association.

Deferral or Forgiving of Hotel Taxes:
What Authority and Options Exist for Texas Cities and CVBs

April 24, 2020
1 PM

THLA President & CEO, Scott Joslove, will cover topics such as:

  • Can cities legally provide hotels with a payment plan for hotel taxes that waives penalties and interest charges?
  • Why are hotels asking for payment plans for periods of time in which there are such small collections?
  • If a hotel tax payment plan is provided, how can the city ensure that the taxes will ultimately be paid?
  • Must all local hotel taxes be paid within the current city fiscal year?
    Can a city forgive or abate the amount of already collected or future hotel tax that a hotel must remit to the city?
  • What are the powers of a city under Local Government Code Chapter 380 economic development laws to provide grants and loans that could be used toward payment of hotel taxes or other expenses of hoteliers?
  • What are the powers of a city to use sales tax for economic development to assist commercial businesses impacted by COVID?
  • What are the powers of a city to apply for state or federal funds to assist commercial businesses impacted by COVID?
  • What strategies can CVBs use to ensure that any hotel tax deferrals or grant programs do not have an unreasonable impact on the ability of a CVB/DMO to continue its vital operations?
  • Ability of cities or private utilities to lower utility rates or provide payment plans to promote economic recovery?
  • Ability of cities to lower the property tax liability for just hotels (e.g.; 60 percent reduction)?
  • What other property tax options exist for impacted businesses?
    • Delay of property tax payments?
    • Exemption of portion of property valuation due to disaster impact.
    • Installment payments for property tax after a disaster declaration.
    • Delay of property tax delinquency date by the Texas Governor
  • Ability of government to impose a moratorium on hotel development for a period of time into the future?

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