Lodging Tax

Lodging Tax Possibly Delayed until 2020!

Written by Joan Talmadge
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As we have been saying for several months, the lodging tax is likely not to be taken up by the State Legislature until after the first of the year, when their formal session begins.  We recently reached out to Senator Cyr for information and were somewhat surprised by the response. According to his office, “Senator Cyr’s sense is that the Legislature will take up room occupancy again in the new legislative session that starts January 1st. Our best guess would be that room occupancy tax is part of the FY20 Budget and would have an effective date of 2020 — but that’s just an educated guess. “

So there you have it.  Obviously, we will keep you posted as we move into the new year, but if Senator Cyr’s supposition is accurate, it would be a relief to all of us to have another summer season without the tax.

Additional Clarification Regarding Other Fees

On another note, we emphasized in a previous post that additional fees such as cleaning and pet fees will be taxed along with the basic rent.   Keep this in mind as you establish your pricing for next year. No matter how you break it down, the tax would apply to the total amount paid by the vacationer (not including the refundable security deposit).

About the author

Joan Talmadge

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


  • You have been an inspiration to all your clients and I want you to know that I especially appreciate the fight you waged for all of us who subscribe to your services.

    You have been a champion through all this and always have our backs.

    Interesting to learn that we share
    similar background experience in grade school teaching and educational publishing before coming to the Cape.

    You have always been a great go to person and I respect your business and feel it it the best bar none!

    • Wow! Thank you for your comments, Marcia. We’ve fought the good fight on the tax issue since 2006 but now that the tax has been passed, we will have to make the best of it. And, yes, it does appear that we have similar backgrounds! My teaching and editing background has come in handy in this job! Joan