Massachusetts legislation was recently signed into law which subjects short-term rentals of property to the room occupancy excise, G.L. c. 64G, as of July 1, 2019. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue anticipates issuing detailed guidance to explain the administration of the new law. In the meantime, the following provides important information about the new law for those currently participating in the short-term rental economy.
The new law imposes state and local excises on short-term rentals of property for more than 14 days in a calendar year, starting July 1, 2019 for which a rental contract was entered into on or after January 1, 2019.
All short-term rental operators will be required to register with DOR. Operators may choose to allow an intermediary or other agent to handle the rental of their property and register with and submit returns and tax due to DOR on their behalf.
As of January 30, 2019, the timing and the exact mechanism through which the Town of Nantucket becomes part of the Protection Fund remains somewhat unclear; we expect this to be resolved in the next few weeks.