Many of you continue to have questions as you navigate the rules of the new MA short-term rental tax. Most of them can be answered by reading our Lodging Tax FAQ’s post, which we update regularly.
Remember that we post the tax percentage on each listing so that vacationers are aware of the tax before they even contact you.
Some homeowners have asked if they should reduce their rent to compensate for the tax. If you feel that it’s necessary for you to do so in order to fill vacancies, that’s fine. But we strongly discourage homeowners from incorporating the tax in the rental rates posted on their listings.
Getting used to the new tax and regulations this first year will be challenging for homeowners and vacationers alike. But keep in mind that, no matter which home vacationers choose, they will have to pay this tax. Additionally, all of the other New England states, along with many other states, have imposed this tax. It will take time, but eventually vacationers will realize the inevitability of a rental tax.
Recently, Joan Talmadge and Tyler Pyburn discussed some of the most common questions pertaining to the tax.