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Florida Supreme Court dismisses Palm Beach County's bed tax fight

Anne Gannon sought to collect bed taxes from Airbnb, similar vacation-rental companies
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Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 16:52:03-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments in Palm Beach County's fight to collect bed taxes from online sites like Airbnb.

In a ruling issued Monday, the Supreme Court justices said they dismissed a petition by Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon to review a previous appellate court's decision, citing lack of jurisdiction.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled earlier this year that Airbnb and similar vacation-rental companies are not required to collect bed taxes.

Attorneys for Airbnb argued that the court doesn't have jurisdiction because the decision doesn't "expressly affect a class of constitutional officers."

At the crux of the dispute was whether Palm Beach County and other counties may impose bed taxes on short-term rentals.