Short-Term Rental Update: New Tax Rules Take Effect July 1

    Posted by MAIA on June 20, 2019

    Short-TermRentalImageThe time has come. As of July 1, 2019, short-term rental operators in MA will need to register with MassTaxConnect, and begin collecting and remitting the required 5.7% tax. In the June DOR newsletter, Commissioner Christopher Harding spelled out the requirements and gave links for FAQs and further information.  

    Effective date is July 1 for short-term rental and lodging changes
    The effective date for the new legislation that expanded room occupancy excise to include short-term rentals, and made other changes that will affect traditional lodging accommodations, is July 1, 2019. Intermediaries for short-term rentals or traditional lodging will need to register on MassTaxConnect as will short-term rental operators. If rent is collected, there’s a requirement to also collect the appropriate tax and remit it to DOR and file returns. We have lots of information on the webpage.  [Source: June 2019 DOR News]

    We encourage you to share this information with your clients who operate short-term rentals through websites such as Airbnb. (Note: Those who rent for 14 days or fewer per year are exempt from the tax regulations.)

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    For questions pertaining to any of the legislative matters discussed here, please contact MAIA President & CEO Nick Fyntrilakis at or 508-634-7352.

    Topics: Government Affairs

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