Joan Talmadge

Author's details

Name: Joan Talmadge
Date registered: 11/10/2011
URL: http://www.weneedavacation.com

Biography

Joan Talmadge - My husband Jeff and I created WeNeedaVacation.com in 1997, shortly after buying our Cape home. My background includes teaching fifth grade for 8 years and writing and editing educational publications for 15. I get great joy from helping fellow homeowners successfully rent their homes. Jeff and I are proud to have two of our three grown children working for WeNeedaVacation.com, truly a family-run business. For me, the Cape and Islands are magical all times of the year -- whether it's walking on Nauset Beach, playing golf, or enjoying family and friends. Email Joan

Latest posts

  1. Great News for Cape and Islands Vacation Rental Homeowners! — 01/12/2017
  2. Great news — no lodging tax on vacation rentals for this year! — 08/01/2016
  3. A Hopeful Sign Regarding the Lodging Tax — 07/25/2016
  4. Is the Lodging Tax Coming Soon to the Cape and Islands? — 07/22/2016
  5. Growing Support for Lodging Tax — 05/11/2016

Author's posts listings

Jan 12 2017

Great News for Cape and Islands Vacation Rental Homeowners!

It has just been announced that Governor Charlie Baker’s budget proposal for fiscal 2018 will include a 5.7 % room occupancy tax for any individual or business that provides short-term rental accommodations – but only for those who rent for 150 days or more per year. This would essentially exempt most seasonal Cape and Islands …

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Aug 01 2016

Great news — no lodging tax on vacation rentals for this year!

The 2015-2016 legislative session ended at midnight last night with several key bills ready to present to Governor Baker for his signature.  Notably absent from the $700M economic development bill was the proposal to apply the state hotel and motel tax to lodging such as AirBnB and vacation rentals!

Thank you to all of you …

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Jul 25 2016

A Hopeful Sign Regarding the Lodging Tax

We have just learned that Governor Charlie Baker has reversed his opinion regarding the lodging tax on short-term rentals! During a radio interview last week, he had indicated that he would sign the hotel lodging tax to apply to all short-term rentals. Today, however, he expressed concern about the negative impact of this lodging tax …

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Jul 22 2016

Is the Lodging Tax Coming Soon to the Cape and Islands?

Vacation rental owners on the Cape and Islands may soon be faced with charging their guests a nearly 12% lodging tax if the MA legislature approves the bill before the end of the current legislative session on July 31.

Why the renewed interest now?
Some state legislators and town boards have tried to have …

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May 11 2016

Growing Support for Lodging Tax

We’ve recently seen renewed interest in expanding the lodging tax to apply to private home rentals in Massachusetts, in part because of the increasing number of AirBnB units in the cities.  The nearly 12% tax (5.7% to the state and up to 6% to the individual towns) would apply to all short-term rentals, as well …

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