Arizona Parks Coping With ‘Transaction Tax’
A tax class taught by a representative of the Arizona Department of Revenue on the eve of a collection crackdown of the complicated state tax was among the highlights of the Arizona Travel Parks Association (ATPA) annual meeting.
“Everybody was real confused about what they should and shouldn’t be collecting tax on,” said Carolyn Bethka, ATPA executive director, about the Arizona transaction privilege tax.
About 80 people representing 41 campgrounds attended the meeting May 16-18 at the Radison at Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills.
The tax varies from 2% to 4%, depending on county, and if campgrounds charge for such things such as laundry, arcade games, document copying and the like, they are obliged to collect it.
“The state has announced that it’s going to start fining people if they aren’t paying the right tax,” Bethka said. “Basically, if the cost is wrapped into the daily or weekly rental rate, they don’t have to charge a tax for the service. There are pages and pages of regulations that we have to understand.”
In addition, Max Gibbs, chairman of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), spoke during the meeting on marketing and protecting assets against law suits. ARVC President Linda Profaizer also talked about how to deal with difficult customers.
Two parks – Voyager RV Park and Rincon West RV Resort, both in Tucson – received the ATPA RV Park of the Year Award.
Re-elected to one-year terms were President Dan Thompson, The Resort, Mesa; Vice President Saundra Bryn, Desert’s Edge RV Village, Phoenix; Treasurer Joann Sanford, Far Horizons Tucson Village, Tucson; and Secretary Sue Fuller, Voyager RV Park, Tucson. — Bob Ashley