Category Archive: Lodging Tax

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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Jul 05 2017

Recap of 6/30/17 meeting with Senator Cyr regarding the lodging tax bill

Last Friday, about 35 homeowners attended a 1 ½ hour meeting that we hosted at Brewster Town Hall with Senator Julian Cyr and his District Director, Leslie Sandberg.  There were more questions than answers during the meeting, but we had an opportunity to present our concerns to the Senator as well as our suggestions for …

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Jun 02 2017

Lodging Tax Imminent – Voice Your Opinion!

Beacon Hill lawmakers seem poised to bring the lodging tax to fruition, although the details have yet to be decided upon.  For years, and particularly this past year, we have been voicing our opinion about the negative consequences of this tax through the media and meetings with legislators at the State House.  At our encouragement, …

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Apr 07 2017

Opposed to the Lodging Tax? Join us in our fight against it!

Co-owner of WeNeedaVacation.com, Jeff Talmadge, two members of our staff, and I spent this past Thursday at the State House in Boston for the second time in a month advocating on behalf of our homeowners against the proposed Lodging Tax. We met first with Rep. Jay Kaufman, Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue, and …

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