The Suffolk County Comptroller’s Office has a three-person enforcement unit that’s going after businesses, including short-term rentals, that may be avoiding paying the county’s three-percent hotel/motel tax.
Since the group has started enforcing, over $254,000 has been levied in penalties and interest payments, according to Comptroller John Kennedy, who spoke before a joint meeting of North Fork chambers of commerce Wednesday night in Riverhead. READ
Months after Suffolk County began targeting short-term rental owners, county Comptroller John Kennedy is expected to explain how the hotel-motel tax is enforced at an upcoming meeting in Riverhead. READ
Suffolk County has begun to crack down on short-term rental owners who list their properties online and are now requiring them to collect and remit a hotel-motel tax from their guests. In some cases, the county has administered back taxes to those who hadn’t previously collected the tax. READ
In July, the Suffolk County Comptroller’s office released an audit showing that, due to low staffing levels, the county treasurer did not adequately monitor the county’s hotel-motel tax program in 2013. Therefore, Comptroller John Kennedy wrote, the county had not realized maximum revenues. READ
Officials at the county level are exploring various strategies to collect a 3 percent occupancy tax from tourists who rent private homes for brief periods through websites such as Airbnb and Homeaway — and they want those property owners to know they may be legally obligated to tax their guests. READ