A well-drafted contract can allocate most risk and responsibility between planners and venues, but one area that generally can't be negotiated is the impact of various laws and regulations. For instance, while a planner and hotelier can often negotiate the amount of a service charge, whether or not that service charge is subject to sales taxes is determined by law. Even if the contract does not mention taxes, they still must be paid. Local Tax Laws Vary The most common meeting-related ...

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