Scientology starts collecting bed tax when county questions why it wasn't - 2010-12-17
Pressed by the staff of Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson, the Church of Scientology agreed to start collecting the tourist tax a few months ago and pay it monthly to Nelson's office, the St. Petersburg Times has learned.
It's a surprising reversal that will generate significant new revenue for Pinellas' tourist promotion efforts.
But the change raises questions about another tax that Pinellas hotel guests pay – the 7 percent sales tax. Does the church now collect that tax from its guests too?