Bill to Protect Shore Homeowners From Short-Term Rental Tax Advances in Assembly

By MARIA SCANDALE | May 22, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Trenton — A measure approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Monday aims to ensure that private homeowners, particularly at the Jersey Shore, will not be subject to a 2018 law that extended New Jersey’s sales and occupancy tax to short-term rentals.

In an effort to level the playing field between hotels, motels and transient accommodations like Airbnb, a 2018 law expanded the state’s 6.625 percent sales and use tax and 5 percent hotel and motel occupancy fee to short-term rentals.

That law stands.

However, the legislation (A4814/A4520) would require that transient accommodations only be subject to taxes if the rental is obtained through a marketplace, online or otherwise.

Bill sponsors, Assembly Democrats Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), John McKeon (D-Essex, Morris), John Armato (D-Atlantic), Bruce Land (D-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland) and Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex), released the following joint statement:

“Over the past several months, we have listened to Jersey Shore homeowners who are worried they’ll see far less summer guests this season as a result of the short term rental tax. Summer tourism is the heartbeat of the shore, and this law was never intended to hurt the private homeowners who help it grow and thrive.

“The legislation approved today will help property owners who rely on word of mouth, signs, social media and longstanding customers to keep their rentals booked through the summer ... With summer quickly approaching, the Legislature will do all it can to make sure this tourism season is the best yet.”  —M.S.



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