The American Congress is presently considering a bill that could potentially ban all car hire taxes throughout the United States, according to USA Today. Major car rental companies, such as Alamo, Avis and Budget, have announced their support for this initiative and have even helped fund a coalition which is now trying to start a campaign to ensure the passage of this bill. The piece of legislation, referred to as the “End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act of 2007,” is a bipartisan proposal, sponsored by both a Democratic, as well as a Republican representative. In addition to the two sponsors, Rick Boucher (D) and Chris Cannon (R), six more congressional representatives have also backed the bill and as such, it is presently being discussed in a subcommittee.
Although the bill does have support in the house, its approval is not yet certain. Those who rent cars on a frequent basis and are interested in seeing the removal of extra car hire taxes, however, can make a difference by simply contacting their congressional representatives and making their views known. This is seen as an effective way to make one’s voice heard and demonstrate to elected representatives what voters think about a specific issue.
If the bill is enacted, it would effectively eliminate all future taxes and fees imposed on car rentals by state, county and local authorities. It would not, however, affect taxes already in place. Car hire companies and groups in favour of this bill believe that such a law could save renters hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
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