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By Laura Bryant of Coalition Against Discriminatory Car Rental Excise Taxes
Growing Coalition Continues Fight Against Arbitrary and Unfair Car Rental Excise Taxes
“Our coalition continues to grow in response to blatantly unfair excise taxes that target car rental customers,” explained Ray Wagner, Vice President of Government and Legislative Affairs for Alamo Rent A Car,
The number of
Journalist and consumer advocate Christopher Elliott, likewise concerned about out-of-control car rental excise taxes, has expressed doubts about the
“I believe there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this,” Elliott wrote. “And a fly-by-night approach to raising taxes on drivers, many of whom can’t vote and may not benefit from the mass transit projects, is the wrong way. This issue deserves its own debate, far removed from the chaos of
Wagner added: “In these tough economic times, it is all too easy for political leaders to impose excise taxes on defenseless car rental customers – rather than enact an equitable, broad-based tax policy to spread the burden to all who benefit. As a result, more and more stakeholders are speaking up on behalf of all car rental customers, regardless of whether they are renting locally or at the airport.”
The National Business Travel Association agrees that car rental excise taxes like the misguided
Moreover, the National Consumers League has noted that car rental excise taxes are regressive because they fall disproportionately on local low-income residents, many of whom must rent cars because they do not own a vehicle. This is particularly true for Enterprise Rent-A-Car customers – nearly one in four earns less than $40,000 annually; one in 10 earns less than $30,000; and one in 20 earns less than $20,000.
The Coalition has publicly acknowledged that local government authority not only is the cornerstone of U.S. democracy, but that local leaders obviously are struggling to fund many worthwhile programs, including the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee mass transit construction project. However, as municipalities, counties and states carry out their critical role in protecting consumer and citizen rights, it is important they extend that protection to all constituents, including car rental customers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact:
Coalition Against Discriminatory Car Rental Excise Taxes
National Car Rental
600 Corporate Park Drive