Massachusetts House Bill Would Tax, Regulate Airbnb, Other Rentals

A bill Massachusetts lawmakers are considering would place taxes on short-term rentals, including those made available through online platforms such as Airbnb. The legislation calls for a three-tiered state tax on short-term rentals and gives cities and towns the option of imposing further excise taxes. The bill would impose a […]

Greenway deal could clear the way for Winthrop Square tower

The City of Boston, Baker administration officials, and key Beacon Hill lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on a deal that would smooth the way for a massive skyscraper to rise over Winthrop Square and could help finance the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway over the next decade. State Representative Aaron […]

Battle lines drawn over short-term rental tax

    HYANNIS — Lawmakers considering a short-term rental tax took their show on the road Monday, visiting Barnstable Town Hall to gauge public sentiment on the proposal. “We’re here to listen,” said state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, D-Boston, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services.  They got an earful. […]

Short-term rentals a complex issue

LENOX — Fair fight. Level playing field. Those catchphrases were heard repeatedly this past week when state lawmakers chose Berkshire County for a public hearing on the likelihood that the state and local communities will tax homeowners who rent space to short-term guests via Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey and other […]

Don’t just tax Airbnb rentals — regulate them, too

  To tax or not to tax Airbnb-style rentals, there should be no question about it. Of course travelers booking a stay at a house or an apartment through an online portal should be taxed — just as they are at hotels — and there appears to be enough momentum […]

Representative Michlewitz 2017-2018 Legislative Proposals

Legislative Proposals for 2017-2018 Session This session, I have filed twenty four (24) pieces of legislation, here are a few highlights and priorities I will be focusing on the next two years: 1) Short-Term Residential Rentals Directs short-term rentals to be registered with State & City Three Different categories of […]