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Short-term Rental Hosts Will Have to Pay the Same 5.7% State Excise Tax as Hotels in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts enacted regulations on short-term rentals through businesses such as Airbnb or HomeAway. Short-term rental hosts will have to pay the same 5.7% state excise tax as hotels. Municipalities will have the option of imposing their own excise tax up to 6%, except in Boston where it will be up to 6.5%. In addition, all hosts will be required to register with the state and carry insurance.Massachusetts is the first state to require all short-term rental hosts to register. The regulations go into effect on July 1, 2019. 



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