Elk Grove Village seeks taxes from online travel companies
Elk Grove Village has joined the list of Northwest suburban towns seeking local hotel/motel taxes from online travel companies.
The village board this week passed an ordinance that would require travel websites such as Expedia and Orbitz to pay the full 6% tax on the price they sell rooms for. Online travel companies, when invoiced by local hotels, pay taxes on the rate the companies paid for rooms, which often differs from the local rate paid by customers who book with hotels directly.
The Elk Grove ordinance is modeled after ones adopted last month in Rolling Meadows and in April in Schaumburg. Since adopting the rules, officials say they've seen success in compliance.