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    IMPLAN Support
    Hello Zafer, Thank you for your Forum post. Yes, you are correct; lodging tax is a part of Sales tax. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Regards, IMPLAN Staff
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    zafersonmez
    Thank you for your response. A follow-up question: Is there a way to check the amount of lodging tax in implan model? I am modeling visitor impacts and lodging taxes have recently changed. I want to learn how much my estimates are off relative to the present condition.
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    IMPLAN Support
    Hello Zafer, Lodging taxes are not split from sales taxes anywhere within the IMPLAN model. Our tax estimates are based on the distribution of all TOPI collected by all sectors as described by the Census of Government Finances for the region. The Census of Government Finances does not separately report lodging taxes.   Also note, while the total amounts paid to government are industry- and institution-specific, the detail distribution of those payments amongst the various types of payments (sales tax, property tax, fees, etc.) is the same for all industries and institutions. Thus, while tourism would have a greater effect on sales and lodging taxes, while mining would be heavily weighted towards severance taxes and liquor or tobacco sales would be heavily weighted towards excise taxes, these differences would not be captured in the tax impact report. In other words, industries have different TOPI/Output ratios, but tax amounts would be the same for subcategories of TOPI for any given amount of TOPI. In these cases, we suggest adjusting the direct tax impacts based on your knowledge of the study area and project.   You may find our Tax Impact Report article at the link below informative.   Generation and Interpretation of IMPLAN's Tax Impact Report http://support.implan.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=419:419&catid=237:237 Regards, IMPLAN Staff

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