New Hampshire Senate Repeals ‘Tent Tax’

April 7, 2010 by   - () 1 Comment

The New Hampshire Senate voted unanimously today (April 7) to repeal the so-called “tent tax,” which extended the state tax on rooms and meals to campsites, according to The Union Leader, Manchester.

The tax was expanded to include campgrounds at the last hour of state budget work in June. In the same budget bill, the tax rate was increased to 9% from 8%.

Critics immediately said the bill taxed people to sleep on the ground and eat their own food.

Sen. Robert Odell, R-Lempster, said some campground owners have cut their rates to negate the effect of the tax placing a crimp on their bottom line.

A monthly camping magazine recently included an article that mentioned New Hampshire as having the highest tax in the country on camping activity, Odell said.

Repeal is not without consequences. According to the Legislative Budget Assistant’s Office, the bill pulls $7.6 million out of a state budget already expected to be $140 million in deficit by June 2011.


One Response to “New Hampshire Senate Repeals ‘Tent Tax’”

  1. Sheila Warnock on May 3rd, 2010 1:26 pm

    In regards to the “NH camping tax” I think that camping in a tent in a campground that has no hookups should not be taxed. It is like paying tax to park your car. If they want to tax people for camping in a NH State Park with no hookups they should tax the out of staters who come here and take over. But if they can show NH residency then it should not be taxed!!!! I have been an extremely avid camper for 35 years and I find that there are plenty of out a staters that will keep coming back and would pay the tax if they had to. Meanwhile why do they have the same benefit as someone who resides here. I feel that there should be some benefit for the people that live here and can show proof!!!!!!!! Thank You