• State leaders agree on new Airbnb taxes

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    BOSTON - Massachusetts state leaders have reached an agreement to extend the state's hotel tax to short-term rentals like Airbnb.

    The bill imposes the 5.7 percent hotel tax on all short-term rentals.

    Units affected include any advertised on Airbnb, as well as bed and breakfasts and second homes offered to vacationers. Cities and towns would also have the option to add an addition 6 percent tax as they do with hotels.

    There are also specific charges to raise money for things like wastewater treatment on the Cape and the Convention Center authority in Boston.

    The House and Senate will vote on the measure Monday with the hopes of sending it straight to Governor Charlie Baker, but it's unclear if Baker supports the measure.

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    Boston recently imposed its own restrictions on short-term rentals, eliminating controversial investor units.

    If Baker signs the bill, the taxes would take effect at the start of next year. 

     

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