Bob Barton, President of ACRAPresident, Bob Barton, attended a meeting in DC on January 6th, 2011 regarding federal legislation that prospectively bans state and local discriminatory car rental excise taxes.
The Coalition Against Discriminatory Car Rental Excise Taxes, consists of the American Car Rental Association, auto manufacturers, travel groups, as well as consumer and taxpayer advocates concerned about the proliferation of taxes being imposed on consumers traveling interstate to support the construction of stadiums, arenas and other local agenda issues, creating an environment of “taxation without representation”.

ACRA and the members of the coalition are rallying for support from both Senators and Congressman and the coalition has widespread support. Bob Barton met with Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R) of Florida and Congressman Steve Cohen (D) of Tennessee who both have pledged their support of the bill.

Please click on the documents below to view them

  1. Effects of Discriminatory Excise Taxes on Car Rentals by the Brattle Group
  2. Excise Tax Briefing Paper
  3. Full Legislative Text of Bill H.R. 4175: To protect consumers from discriminatory State taxes on motor vehicle rentals.

ACRA and the coalition will be working diligently to push this bill through the process to secure passage of our legislation in the 112th Session of Congress.