NH House backs allowing local rooms tax
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Municipalities would be able to tack on a local rooms and meals tax and use the revenue to offset tourism costs if a bill passed Thursday by the New Hampshire House becomes law.
House Bill 641 would allow cities and towns to add a tax of as much as $2 per hotel room per night, as long as the price of the room $40 or more.
The local surcharge would be on top of the statewide rooms and meals tax, which is currently at 9 percent, the fifth-highest rate in the country, though many states allow localities to impose their won. Vermont and Maine’s are also at 9 percent. Massachusetts is at 5.7 percent, but in Boston the combined rate is 8.45 percent. In Portland, Maine, it is 11.5 percent.