Counties Call for Equitable Tax Treatment of Short-Term Rentals

On Tuesday, Kevin Kinnally submitted written testimony to the Ways & Means Committee in support of HB 884 Sales and Use Tax – Limited Residential Lodging with amendments.

From the MACo Testimony:

As introduced, this bill has no effect on local governments. However, MACo would support amendments to extend the same principle to local hotel taxes in jurisdictions not subject to hosting platform tax collection agreements. HB 884, if amended to include applicable local hotel taxes, would establish fair and equitable tax treatment of short-term rentals for both state and local taxation purposes.

Counties depend on local hotel rental taxes to fund essential public services, collecting just over $120 million throughout the state annually. Applying this existing tax to online rental platform users promotes fairness and helps support education, public safety, roadway maintenance, and other essential community services.

For more on 2019 MACo legislation, visit the Legislative Database.

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