Upcoming public hearing on vacation rental tax

Massachusetts legislators will be holding a public hearing on H.3454, an act that expands rental occupancy tax to short-term single-family rentals, adds regulations on to operators of short-term rental accommodations and requires insurance coverage requirements for short-term rentals.
CCIAOR & MAR oppose the bill on a variety of grounds. On the issue of rental occupancy tax itself, you can read CCIAOR’s recent letter to the editor on the topic, HERE.
On the regulation side, H.3454 is complicated and the current language of the bill groups different short-term rental owners in different categories. However, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® advises us not to get bogged down in the actual language of the proposed bill as it will change as it moves through the legislative process.
The focus needs to be on the opposition of taxation on single-family homes as lodging, the burden it places on the homeowner to collect the tax, and the importance of a single-family rental homes in the tourism economy.
If you plan to attend the hearing, please email CCIAOR CEO Ryan Castle at rcastle@cciaor.com, so we can have an idea of how many members we will have in attendance.

Public Hearing on H.3454
An ‘Act Regulating and Insuring Short-Term Rentals’

Monday, June 12th from 3 pm to 6 pm

Barnstable Town Hall

367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

Download Talking Points on Rental Occupancy Tax
Download a Template Letter to Send to Clients
2017-06-08T17:42:19+00:00

One Comment

  1. William C. Ladd June 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    As a senior citizen drawing social security income, I strongly object to this taxing of rental income. I rely on this income to support my family of four, one of whom is in college and one in high school. The cumulative tax of approximately 13.2% would definitely price
    my property out of the range of 90% of my tenants vacationing on Cape Cod. Additionally, I offer my property as a winter rental which benefits many local year round residents.
    This tax will profoundly affect the tourism and retail businesses that provide income to all of the permanent residents here.
    There will be an outflow of year round residents which will also affect the revenues of all towns on the Cape. I have lived in Brewster for 42 years and it is my family’s home as well as the location of my business.
    Please do not put this tax into effect.

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