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GBREB Objects to Broad Application of Hotel/Motel Tax

Late last month, representatives from the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) and Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), including Rental Housing Association Division President Mark Epker, testified before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Financial Services regarding an expansion of the hotel/motel tax.  

Several bills to expand the application of the hotel motel tax to include short-term transient occupancies are currently pending before the Revenue and Financial Services Committees.   Language to expand the tax was also proposed by Governor Baker and the Massachusetts State Senate as part of the FY2018 budget process.   Lawmakers are considering the tax as a means to close a projected $1 billion budget gap.

According to a recent survey of occupancy taxes by the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 20 states have lodging taxes that apply statewide. Many of those states also allow cities and counties to permit additional taxes. Often states without statewide taxes commonly allow local versions.


In testimony before the Committee GBREB raised objection to the overly broad application of the tax which would impose the tax on both homes and traditional tenancies such as one year leases,tenancies-at-will, corporate housing and lodging houses. GBREB has urged lawmakers to exclude this housing from the scope of the tax.

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