August 31, 2010

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Today, the federal General Services Administration (GSA) released the Federal Per Diem Rates for federal employees traveling on business, effective October 1, 2010 until September 30, 2011.It is important to note that the GSA determines their rates based on STR data on rates.  This emphasizes the importance of Wisconsin properties responding to Smith Travel Research (STR) surveys to ensure the rates set for each area are as accurate as possible.

The full text of the Capitol Insider e-mail, with a chart of federal per diem rates for Wisconsin and notable rate changes can be found here by clicking the 8/30/10 link.

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The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (WH&LA) Room Tax Task Force has developed a new tool to help determine if local Room Tax is compliant with state statutes. The WH&LA Wisconsin Room Tax Self-Audit Tool will help you make sure your local tourism industry is receiving appropriate funding for tourism promotion and development from the tax.

This five-page tool is designed to guide lodging and other tourism businesses, CVBs, chambers of commerce and municipalities through an analysis of the room tax authorized in individual municipalities.

The Room Tax Self-Audit Tool can be found here, by clicking the 8/31/10 link. (This page is password protected for WH&LA Lodging Members only. If you need assistance with logging in, e-mail Michelle or call 262/782-2851.)

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