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In 1983, the North Carolina General Assembly authorized the first group of local governments to levy a hotel and motel room occupancy tax. All of them are now doing so. This article examines the occupancy tax in North Carolina, variations, and uses.
There is an ongoing concern over North Carolina's occupancy taxes, and who they should benefit. For the state's travel and tourism industry, especially Convention and Visitors Bureaus, the occupancy tax should go to travel and tourism, just as gas taxes and other highway-use fees go toward building and maintaining highways.