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Tax Question #194937
05/15/2019 01:31 PM
05/15/2019 01:31 PM
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Tustin CA
d_fish Offline OP
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I received quotes from 2 TTOL sponsors for a car rental for an upcoming trip.

One company quoted 10% as the tax rate and the other stated 15%. What tax rate is correct?

I find this bothersome that I have been quoted 2 rates.

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Re: Tax Question [Re: d_fish] #194939
05/15/2019 01:46 PM
05/15/2019 01:46 PM
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Afraid I can only add more bother to this... a non-sponsor quoted 5% tax.

Re: Tax Question [Re: eightzerobits] #194940
05/15/2019 01:49 PM
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I googled sxm VAT and it is 5%...

Re: Tax Question [Re: d_fish] #194942
05/15/2019 02:01 PM
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I believe the official tax rate on rental cars is 10%. It is definitely NOT 5%. I don't think SXM actually has a VAT. Regardless, don't stress over tax rates. Just get a quote from whoever you want, and ask them for a TOTAL quote, including all taxes and whatever insurance you want. Companies charge all kinds of different rates for different things. Don't sweat it. Get a total quote and make your decision.


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Re: Tax Question [Re: Carol_Hill] #194943
05/15/2019 02:04 PM
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Thanks Carol. I am not sweating it at all, just do not like being gouged.

Re: Tax Question [Re: d_fish] #194951
05/15/2019 03:38 PM
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I should point out that the quote with the 5% tax also has a 13% surcharge. I don't think it is necessarily gouging, but certainly obfuscating the price to get people who aren't paying attention to the bottom line. I booked a hotel in NY and there is a mandatory $10/night facility fee. Why not just bump the room cost up by $10 and call it a day? Because that makes their room price more than the surrounding hotels.

Re: Tax Question [Re: d_fish] #194956
05/15/2019 04:13 PM
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Like I said, everyone charges different amounts for different things. Get a total quote and go from there.


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Re: Tax Question [Re: d_fish] #194959
05/15/2019 04:22 PM
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I think the current rate is 9%-10% and some will show added airport fees. Best to look at the TOTAL BOTTOM LINE price for a good comparison.


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Re: Tax Question [Re: ruralcarrier] #194972
05/15/2019 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ruralcarrier
I think the current rate is 9%-10% and some will show added airport fees. Best to look at the TOTAL BOTTOM LINE price for a good comparison.

Right on. Make sure it includes liability too.

Re: Tax Question [Re: d_fish] #195017
05/16/2019 08:07 AM
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The difference between "marketing strategies" and "sales deceptions" can often get blurred in the SXM rental car business.
Get written TOTAL quote and be prepared to produce same when you turn the car in at the end of your vacation.
This approach should allow you to make an informed decision and eliminate unwanted surprises.


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