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File #: 49285    Version: 1 Name: Including lodging marketplaces subject to room tax
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/23/2017 In control: FINANCE COMMITTEE
On agenda: 11/21/2017 Final action: 11/21/2017
Enactment date: 12/2/2017 Enactment #: ORD-17-00118
Title: Amending Section 4.21(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to include lodging marketplaces as entities subject to the room tax.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin
Fiscal Note
This ordinance adds "lodging marketplaces" to the definition of entities subject to the room tax. An example of a "lodging marketplace" is Air BnB. The City currently has an agreement with Air BnB to collect room taxes from participants on their platform that rent a short-term rental to an occupant and collects the consideration for the rental from the occupant. Based on two months of room tax collections from Air BnB, estimated collections from lodging marketplaces could be $300,000 to $400,000 annually.


Title
Amending Section 4.21(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to include lodging marketplaces as entities subject to the room tax.
Body
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This proposal amends the City’s room tax ordinance to include lodging marketplaces as entities subject to the room tax. Under Wis. Stat. § 66.015(1)(bs), “lodging marketplace” means an entity that provides a platform through which an unaffiliated third party offers to rent a short-term rental to an occupant and collects the consideration for the rental from the occupant.

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

Subsection (2) of Section 4.21 entitled “Room Tax” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:

“(2) Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 66.0615, a tax is hereby imposed on the privilege and service of furnishing, at retail, except sales for resale, rooms or lodging to transients by hotelkeepers, motel operators, lodging marketplace, and other persons furnishing accommodations that are available to the public, irrespective of whether membership is required for the use of the accommodations. Beginning January 1, 2007, such tax shall be at the rate of nine percent (9%) of the gross receipts from such retail furnishing of rooms or lodgings. The proceeds thereof shall be subject to annual appropriation by the Common Council. Such tax shall not be subject t...

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