To voice your opinion on this proposed tax, you can email or write to your state representative. If you are a MA resident, contact the rep. in the town where you vote. If you live out of state, contact the rep. in the town where your rental home is located. Read a letter that one of our homeowners intends to send to her state rep.
If you do not have the time to compose a letter, and if you are opposed to this proposed tax, feel free to use the sample provided below as a template.
Dear (State Rep and/or State Senator):
Re: Proposed Lodging Tax on Private Rental Homes
Room Occupancy Excise Tax, docket # 1614
I would like to voice my strong opposition to legislation that would give towns the right to impose a lodging tax on private vacation rental homes. Although this tax would bring immediate revenue to the towns, it could ultimately harm the tourism market, which in turn could bring down overall real estate values.
To make it perfectly clear:
I STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE A LODGING TAX ON PRIVATE HOME SUMMER OR SEASONAL RENTALS IN THE STATE.
A lodging tax on top of vacationers’ rental payment could easily lead some to go elsewhere for their vacation. This would send exactly the wrong message to visitors at the same time that the Chamber of Commerce is trying to attract new visitors to the Cape and Islands.
Many vacationing families return to the same rental home every summer. A nearly 12% increase in their rent can be extremely disruptive to the repeat business that many homeowners rely on.
I urge you to strongly voice your opinion against the Room Occupancy Excise Tax (docket # 1614) and vote it down if it gets to the floor for a vote. Let’s protect the underpinnings of the Cape and Islands economy.