Room Taxes E-Publication: Room Taxes & Tourism Development

May 1, 2012
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  • Summary
  • Wisconsin cities, villages, and towns have been collecting room taxes for over three decades.  The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) produced this 49-page study to explore current and historical trends in room taxes.  The study also includes developments in Wisconsin tourism, one of the state's largest industres and a growing component of our economy. Specifically, the study:

    - Uses results from a WISTAX survey and data from the state Department of Revenue to provide room tax rates as of January 1, 2012, and trends in colelctions from 2006 through 2010 for all municipalities with the tax during that time;

    -Explore the extent to which Wisconsin's northern counties rely on tourism, including the impact of tourism spending on wages and incomes in those counties;

    -Provides available room tax figures and other data for major tourism markets in the state; and

    -Present snapshots of tourism trends and their potential impact;

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