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Congress looking at airline fees as a tax dodge

Airlines that charge fees for so-called ancillary services rather than raise air fares may be depriving taxpayers of revenue from the federal excise tax on tickets. At the request of two powerful members of Congress, the issue is being studied by investigators for the Government Accountability Office. Read more about the issue and the probe in a New York Times story.

Congress looking at airline fees as a tax dodge

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Airlines that charge fees for so-called ancillary services rather than raise air fares may be depriving taxpayers of revenue from the federal excise tax on tickets. At the request of two powerful members of Congress, the issue is being studied by investigators for the Government Accountability Office. Read more about the issue and the probe in a New York Times story.

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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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