Category Archive: Lodging Tax

Jan 17 2018

How the new federal tax laws may affect vacation rental homeowners

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act closed out 2017 introducing many unknowns to the American taxpayer. While a full version of the bill is not available as of this writing on January 15, 2018, many news organizations have released general summaries of its contents. Unfortunately, there is still an element of incomplete and incorrect information …

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Dec 21 2017

Would the lodging tax be retroactive?

We’ve been getting calls and emails from some homeowners who aren’t sure how to handle their 2018 bookings in light of the potential lodging tax.  If and when it’s passed, is it going to affect previously signed contracts? Or do they need to inform potential or pending guests that they could be impacted? I have …

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Dec 08 2017

Lodging Tax Update

Although Beacon Hill lawmakers are still intent on extending the 11.7% lodging tax to vacation home rentals, there has been no action on the bill yet. Joan Talmadge has been in touch with State Senator Julian Cyr, who represents the Cape and Islands. In our latest podcast, Joan and I sit down to discuss some …

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Sep 10 2017

Minimizing the impact of a lodging tax

This month, the state legislature will continue its discussion of a bill to expand the lodging tax to short-term rentals.  On several occasions, both publicly and privately, we have voiced our concerns that a sudden 11.7% increase in rental rates will adversely impact tourism on the Cape and Islands. The rental season is short, homeowners …

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Aug 01 2017

The Talmadges Speak Out Against the Lodging Tax on Air with Jack Peak

WeNeedaVacation.com co-owners, Joan and Jeff Talmadge, appeared on Jack Peak’s TV show Peak Time on Friday, June 30th to advocate against the proposed Lodging Tax on short-term vacation home rentals. Peak Time is aired regularly on Lower Cape Community Access TV for the towns of Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Truro, and Wellfleet.

In the interview, Joan and …

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