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TN AG: Airbnb Homeowners Must Pay Taxes

NASHVILLE, December 3, 2015– Property owners who rent their homes to weekend guests through apps such as Airbnb should expect to be forced to pay taxes in Tennessee after the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association (TnHTA), the statewide lobbying group that represents the hospitality and tourism industry in Tennessee, sought legal recourse by seeking a State Attorney General’s opinion against homeowners making extra money off of their homes.

The lobbying group says they are very pleased with the Attorney General’s opinion because it helps to “level the playing field,” and that it was a win for not only their stakeholders but local governments as well that are missing out on tax dollars.

“We are excited that the AG has opined that short-term rentals are legally subject to both sales and lodging taxes. In some counties, the amount of tax lost is significant- since Davidson County began to enforce the collection of the tax it is estimated that over $1.2 million in just lodging taxes will be collected in 2016 on short-term rentals,” said Greg Adkins, TnHTA President & CEO.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery opined that those renting out their private homes to weekend guests were not simply private homeowners but actually hotel owners and are therefore responsible for collecting and paying sales taxes.

As technology continues to develop, long standing government protected industries are losing profits to apps like Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, and so on. This isn’t the first blow AirBnB has been dealt in Tennessee. In Nashville, the Tennessee Beacon Center, a free-market think tank, has recently filed a lawsuit against the city for attempting to ban homeowners from using the service.

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Property owner arrested, charged with felony at public meeting for talking too long after city stole his property

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich., March 19, 2014 — After the city township stole his property, a 59-year-old Michigan property owner was arrested and charged with a felony resisting and obstructing police earlier this month for violating the three-minute public comment rule at a township board meeting.

“You (city township) ordered the destruction of everything I built. You came for my BBQ grill, you came for my bird feeders,” said Mark Adams.

According to Adams, he handed board members a four-page document with 21 grievances against the township and other government officials prior to speaking. He also requested he be heard for fifteen minutes instead of the standard three.

Among those grievances were claims that the board violated the state open meetings act and Freedom of Information Act.

According to Adams, he requested documents from the township through a FOIA and was met with police force multiple times. “You’ve got this place on lock-down,” he said.

“I have a right to redress my grievances,” said Adams just before he was arrested March 4 by three officers.

Township officials claim that they had to remove Adams twice before, but this was the first arrest.

In addition to his felony charge, Adams was also charged with a disturbing the peace misdemeanor.

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