How Owners of Short-Term Rentals Can Register Their Property

Owners of short-term rentals, called "operators" under the Massachusetts short-term rental law, need to register their property. The operator will receive a certificate number they will need to provide to every intermediary who is collecting rent on their behalf, so that intermediary can remit the taxes.

Operators do have a grace period during the transition. Operators have until November 1st, if an operator has not received a certificate number and an intermediary has to file taxes, the intermediary can use the operator's Social Security Number or their Federal Tax ID number up until November 1st. As of November 1, all returns must include the certificate number.

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