The Erie County, N.Y., Comptroller's Office is considering an overhaul of its taxing system for hotels to include "non-traditional short-term and vacation rentals." Other local counties, including Chautauqua, Allegany, Wyoming, and Monroe already extend their hotel bed tax to residential vacation rentals, said Comptroller Chief of Staff Jessica Schuster. A countywide law requiring visitors to pay taxes on short-term, furnished rental properties would give the county a better sense as to how many such properties exist and create a new stream of county revenue that would be paid for primarily by out-of-town visitors, Comptroller Kevin Hardwick added. He wants to replace the county's existing hotel tax law with a new one to update the law's language, enforcement, and applicability.
Buffalo News (05/22/23) Sandra Tan