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Massachusetts House Approves Bill To Tax Short-Term Rentals

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has passed a bill that would tax short-term rentals, including those made available through online platforms such as Airbnb.

The bill approved Thursday by House lawmakers would impose a 4 percent state tax on rentals by individuals who offer no more than two rooms for rent.

Short-term rentals made through a professional property manager or investor host would be taxed at 5.7 percent and 8 percent, respectively. No excise would be imposed if the total amount of rent is less than $15 per day.

The bill also would let cities and towns impose their own local excise taxes and place certain restrictions on short-term rentals.

Airbnb has said the bill goes too far.

The bill also would also create a state registry of short-term rental properties.

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