I've owned and managed vacation rentals now since 1999 and in two states, and 4 cities. Only one of these is in the 21st century. Only one of these sends emails when something changes in the code. Only one of these has a real definitive plain language bulletin. Only one of these allows filing and payment online. Yes, it's Maine.
Here's what's important for vacationers (and vacation rental and lodging owners) to know:
- Stays of 28 days or more are exempt from tax.
- All charges are taxable that are associated with your stay in a room, cabin, vacation rental. These include damage deposits, cleaning fees, pet fees, crib rentals.
- If you cancel your vacation stay prior to the day of arrival, your cancellation fee is not taxable. Wait until the day of arrival, and yup, you pay tax on your cancellation fee.
- If an owner rents their place out less than 15 day a year then they do not have to collect or pay taxes on those rents.
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