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Old 04-06-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Our CG charged us more tax when we arrived

We stayed at the River Edge RV Park in Pigeon Forge this week and after we arrived, they hunted me down and said the tax rate had gone up since I booked reservation in November and needed an extra $11.26! Is this unethical? I thought so and believed I should of been "grandfathered" into the old tax rate. I've never had this happen before and just wanted to get everyone else's thoughts. Also, we had paid completely in full when making reservation in November.

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Old 04-06-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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If you paid in full under the old tax rate I believe you should not have been charged the extra tax. I recently called and extended my 4th of July week at my CG. I made the orginal reservation in December so I received the 2012 rate. I paid in full at that time. Just last week I called an extended my stay an additional 3 nights. they charged me 2013 rates for those 3 nights. Anyways, in your case, I feel that the tax rate at the time you paid for the site should be what you pay. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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If you prepaid for your site then you are NOT required to pay an additional tax . The campground is required by the State to pay taxes in the month collected. If the campground attempts to collect tell them you will contact the State Treasury Department and file a complaint. I imagine the State would be interested in why they didn't receive their money in the month it was billed & paid for.

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Old 04-07-2013, 05:08 AM   #4
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Bill is correct.

I would have refused to pay it. Then when the manager tells me I will have to leave or he will call the police I would have told him to go right ahead. Let's see if the law will support your illegal fleecing.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:55 AM   #5
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So sad that the additional tax is $11.26. Unfortunate that we have confusing and intentionaly cumbersome tax code that few people fully understand, the manager probably hated collecting it as much as you hated paying it and she was just worried some irs collector would be crawling around the CG with a tape measure if she didn't collect every bit 'o tax possible. I know that motel reservations work differently and the credit card just holds the room for your night of reservation and you are not actually charged until you actually get there and stay in your room. This is probably the way the CG should have done it and then you would have been charged the increased tax anyway. I dislike all taxes, sales, property, income, estate, death, pro-rated, social security, medicare, state, federal etc etc etc . Dont let it ruin your stay, take the manager a cup of coffee, sit down and talk for a few minutes and I bet you will find you have a lot in common, you probably BOTH dislake paying taxes...
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:05 AM   #6
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Sad public relations news from one of our favorite camping spots... Have been going to RiverEdge in Pigeon Forge for many years back...

They have always been the best folks to stay with... I cannot think of any bad stay there over the past ten years or so...

We have camped there in our OFF-ROAD POPUP and stayed many times in the Log Cabins... Even on very short notices... We have stayed there both in the summer times and the winter times. We have also had a few mini-family get-to-gethers there as well...

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:13 AM   #7
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If you paid in full under the old rate. the CG operator just put free cash in his pocket. I would complete the stay without incident and inform the CG owner as I was leaving that he would be getting a call from the State Comptroller investigator.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:55 AM   #8
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If the date on your paid in full receipt is before the tax increase became effective, you don't owe them a thing. However, if the date on your paid in full receipt was after the tax increase, it's their mistake and they should "eat it" as the transaction was already closed and both seller and buyer were in agreement that the charges were correct. If this was the case, the campground must be really hard-up to even approach the customer on a matter such as this. That's simply bad business and creates a lot of bad press on forums such as this.

If you already paid this additional tax using a credit card and you are absolutely certain you don't owe it, "play the game" and let the campground think they got away with it and if you pay the additional tax separately, use the same credit card that you used for the rest of the bill. Then after you're out of there, contact your credit card holder and dispute the overcharge for the additional tax. I'll bet any money the campground will credit your account because their time and grief fighting with the credit card prople will cost them more money than simply refunding your tax.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:10 AM   #9
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I paid in full by credit card in November and paid the additional $11.26 in cash. I was simply taken off guard and did ask questions, but was simply tired from our drive and wanted to get on with our vacation. We enjoyed our visit very much and did think highly of the CG otherwise. I didn't tell my hubby, and maybe I should of but didn't want to make a scene of the whole thing. I'm just ticked at myself for not refusing to pay.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:16 AM   #10
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CruzinKim Simply call the state tax dept & if the cg was wrong get it in writing, send to the cg requesting a credit. if the cg was correct go merrily on your way $11.26 lighter. Larry

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