Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Greedy SLC Extends Bed Tax

  The SLC Legislature has passed a patronizing resolution honoring retired newsman John Friot, but they also passed a law that needs the kind of scrutiny John could have provided.
     The expansion of the hotel occupancy tax to include even person to person rentals of apartments or vacation homes is a scary and unwarranted intrusion into property rights as well as a craven effort to grab more money for a mismanaged county government.
     Now, I don't know how you would enforce such rules with someone renting out a room at their summer home for a month or a week, but expectng people to do so is a pipe dream although it is an opportunity to snitch on a neighbor.
  http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/Countys-Bed-Tax-Now-Covers-Airbnb--Other-Private-Rentals-393219941.html

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jennings would love that law. Everyone who rents out space has to register with the county.
Where do they draw the line between taxing rent and taxing a bed tax? There isn't one, that's where.

Boo to any internet company that agrees to collect tax. Maybe the newspaper should be required to Colet tax on their want ads. Nay, all the products in their ads. Do they still have want adds in newspapers? Do they still have newspapers?

Anonymous said...

Mayor, Have to agree with you on this one. The big county, as well upstate is one of the highest taxed, (school & property) in the state. Now they want people that have rented out their seasonal properties to the same people for years, to sign up and collect sales and bed tax. Not going to happen. There will for sure be the snitch neighbor, and who will go to do the investigation, (Sheriff,treasurer, chamber?)
People have a hard enough time trying to keep their properties, by paying their taxes and upkeep. Now make criminals out of them for not following this new law is just plain wrong. Money hungry legislators for sure.

Anonymous said...

In most counties, their occupancy taxes were enacted with no requirements on their use. In Essex, Clinton and Franklin, a newer model was used that requires those counties to direct almost all the proceeds to their Tourism Promotion Agency to support marketing to draw in more spending and, for the county, more sales tax revenue.In these cases, working with Airbnb and similar new seasonal rental avenues to add to the marketing investment that is also bringing more renters to these owners actually makes sense. But where it just goes into the general fund, it doesn't.

Anonymous said...

1:01 Don't be an idiot. Not one penny of bed tax ever brought an extra tourist here or enticed them to spend an extra penny once they WERE here.

Anonymous said...

Can't speak for SLC where, as noted, it can be used however the county electeds decide. But it absolutely supports highly effective marketing in Clinton and Essex. In those counties, the county boards don't decide. The tourism marketing agencies, guided directly by committees of the hotels and hospitality businesses, decide.

Anonymous said...

Obviously it's hard to enforce with individuals so they go after the companies like airbnb to bully them into it.
I'm not sure why these companies like them, flipkey and homeaway don't just move off shore. Not to mention uber and the fantasy football sites...