03/31/16 5:13pm
03/31/2016 5:13 PM

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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

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11/19/15 11:00am
11/19/2015 11:00 AM

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

11/19/15 10:59am

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

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10/30/15 6:00am
10/30/2015 6:00 AM

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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