With Day on the Hill only one week away, be sure to read the final installment of the DOH Wednesday Word articles, as well as the other posts that review the issues we will discuss next week on Beacon Hill.
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This week we discuss opposition to Local Imposition of Room Occupancy Taxes. This is a prominent issue in the legislature and MAR Government Affairs has discussed and analyzed the issue as well as establish a subcommittee to review this issue in depth. Read more below about room occupancy taxes below:
Oppose Local Imposition of Room Occupancy Tax
ISSUE: Occupancy tax proposals promote the creation of a new tax on homeowners who choose to rent their homes for a short term. In addition to established businesses like hotels, motels and bed and breakfast establishments, these proposals would allow a city or town to levy a room occupancy tax on any apartment, single or multiple family housing, cottage, condominium or timeshare unit. Private homeowners or real estate agents would then be responsible for the collection, handling, and remittance of these taxes to the Department of Revenue.
The Legislation: H.2618/H.2621/ H.2700 (Brewster)/H.3299 (Provincetown)/S.1614
Sponsors: H.2618-Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), H.2621-Rep. Michael Moran (D-Boston), H.2700-Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster), H.3299-Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), S.1614-Sen. Wolf (D-Harwich)
Legislative Actions to Date: All bills referred to Joint Committee on Revenue
What the Bills Do: The bills generally authorize a municipality to assess additional taxes on homeowners who rent their homes for vacation purposes.
Action Needed: Ask your legislator to oppose room occupancy legislation that would increase taxes on homeowners.
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(Please note: This blog post was prepared by MAR Legal Staff: Michael McDonagh, General Counsel; Ashley Stolba, Associate Counsel; and Justin Davidson, Legislative & Regulatory Counsel. Edited by Christine Howe, Legal Affairs & Finance Administrative Assistant).