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Occupancy Taxes Hit Three States - Canadian Governments in Recess

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

LA H.B. 255      TAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY:  Authorizes the governing authority of the city of Carencro to levy a hotel occupancy tax

LA H.B. 1191     TAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY: Authorizes the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau to levy and collect an additional hotel occupancy tax within the jurisdiction of the bureau

NY A.B. 1234    Authorizes the town of Greenburgh, specified villages therein, and the village of Sleepy Hollow in the town of Mount Pleasant to adopt a local law to impose a 3% hotel/motel occupancy tax.

NY A.B. 4445    Provides that the hotel room occupancy tax cannot be imposed in the county of Richmond.

NY A.B. 4984    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town or village of Mamaroneck.

NY A.B. 6828    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town of North Castle.

NY A.B. 6829    Imposes an occupancy tax in the village of Harrison.

NY A.B. 7134    Imposes an occupancy tax in the city of Yonkers.

NY A.B. 7628    Authorizes the town of Woodbury, Orange county, to impose, by local law, a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to five percent of the charge therefor.

NY A.B. 7966    Authorizes the county of Franklin to impose a motel and hotel tax of 5 percent.

NY A.B. 8938    Enables the county of Albany to impose and collect taxes on occupancy of hotel or motel rooms in Albany county for an additional two years.

NY A.B. 9533    Authorizes the town of Southampton, county of Suffolk to enact a hospitality business investment exemption.

NY A.B. 9616    Authorizes the county of Delaware to impose a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to two percent of the charge therefor.

NY A.B. 9626    Establishes an occupancy tax in the village of Tuckahoe.

NY S.B. 6723    Enables the county of Albany to impose and collect taxes on occupancy of hotel or motel rooms in Albany county for an additional two years.

NY S.B. 7229    Authorizes the town of Southampton, county of Suffolk to enact a hospitality business investment exemption.

NC H.B. 1244    AN ACT to authorize increasing the wilson county occupancy tax.

 


Welcome Tania Odabashian, CCHP, CPA, to the Board of Directors

Posted by: Amanda Cook on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Each year, CHPA profiles the newest members to join the Board of Directors in order to highlight their path to leadership and help members get to know them a little better. Read more about Tania Odabashian, CCHP, CPA of Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc. below. You can also contact her at the information below. In addition to now serving on the CHPA Board of Directors, Tania has dedicated many hours to several CHPA committees and task forces. She also holds her Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP) certification as well as her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification.

Tania Odabashin, CCHP, CPA
Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc.
703.979.2830 ex25 | tania@corporateapartments.com

What was your line of employment before corporate housing? What brought you to corporate housing?

I started my career in public accounting at Price Waterhouse back when it was the Big 8. I have my CPA and was in the audit division. I was able to transition to the consulting practice within the firm. Ultimately, I ended up with one of my clients MCI as a project manager in the Business Markets division. I worked a ton of hours but learned a lot in both of those companies. My husband Ned Scharpf had started Corporate Apartment Specialists a few years before asking me to join. It was during the time that he absorbed a chunk of inventory from one of our competitors that was leaving the marketplace that he asked me to join. While the prospect of joining the business was exciting, it also was scary as I had a strong career in telecom plus I was unsure about the ease of working with my spouse. That was about 17 years ago, and so far so good.

How many years have you been involved in corporate housing?

Directly 17 years but more like 19 since for the two years prior to joining CAS, I acted as a sounding board and funding source.

Is there any aspect of the industry that you would like to change?

I have seen some great improvements in the industry during my time as a member. The growing partnerships and collaboration among competitors in the same market would have been unheard of a decade and a half ago. And yet, we have a long ways to go for any partnership collaboration with the multi-family industry. We are a huge customer base and yet, if anything, it maybe has gotten worse in my time in the industry. We are facing the REITs that are more about their shareholders than their customers. In my mind, being customer focused will always improve shareholder value. The multi-family industry doesn’t always share that philosophy.

When did you become involved in CHPA? Why?

It was about 15 years ago in Las Vegas at the conference held at Caesars Palace. We were called AIHP then. It was amazing. Our furniture vendor told us about it. We had no idea such an organization existed. We couldn’t believe all the people we met and all that we learned. The level of sharing that came from some of the giants in our industry had our heads spinning. I came home with reams of notes. It was great. Ned vividly remembers a lecture from Bill Jackson of Suite Interiors and he was so energized. I had a similar experience hearing Lee Curtis share the metrics his organization mined for tracking performance via customer surveys, occupancy reports, etc. It wasn’t just fluff but actual details. We were both impressed by the knowledge being shared in the educational sessions and in the networking.

What made you want to get involved in CHPA leadership?

I was approached by good friend Paul Bates, CCHP of Corporate Accommodations, who was on the nominating committee. I initially hesitated and told him I needed to think about it. I was a bit worried that I might not bring enough to the table. Also, my business partner and husband Ned Scharpf was president a few years back so I know firsthand this board doesn’t just dial it in and that it would be a serious time commitment. Ours is a relatively small business and I was a bit worried about any resulting absences from our company. However, when I really thought about it, Ned and Corporate Apartment Specialists both got back so much from his involvement, so it was well worth any time away from CAS. Our staff is also active at the committee/task force level. CHPA has always been the kind of organization where the more you give, the more you get back, whether at Board level or task force level. I remember the NY tax issue blowing up a few years back and CHPA didn’t just talk the talk but walked the walk by getting resources together and helping. That was groundbreaking. To be a small company and navigate the murky waters of regulation solo is scary. CHPA really is a lifeline for companies like ours. I hope to bring the voice of that small independent company to the board. It is also interesting to hear the thoughts of the multinationals. It is amazing that while we may seem different, many of the challenges are exactly the same.

How has CHPA membership been an asset to your company? To you?

This is a fabulous organization. How has CHPA membership been an asset to your company? To you? In the early days, we got a ton of knowledge on the nuts and bolts of our industry through amazing seminars and best practices sharing. It was fabulous to talk to peers in different markets about how they were handling challenges that we were facing in DC. As the years have progressed, we have made contacts that have turned into lifelong friendships. We also have forged relationships with companies nationwide that have translated to significant quantifiable revenue for CAS. During the initial downturn of 2009, an account resulting in multiple leases with another corporate housing customer saved our year. Our involvement in CHPA was directly responsible for the growth in that business relationship. We have gotten so much more than we could have ever hoped. Personally, I have met amazing friends but I have also been able to hone some public speaking skills that used to be very intimidating to me. Through this organization, I have been able to coordinate and facilitate numerous business networking lunches, one of the first regional conferences, and most recently, I represented CHPA at the Government Travel Advisory Committee about our industry, trends, etc. This has been great exposure for our company but also great professional development for me personally.

What other interesting information can you share with the association?

Ned and I may be the first husband-wife team that have served on Board. In addition to our involvement in corporate housing, we have ownership interests in 7 Value Place hotels. Value Place is a budget tier extended stay hotel. The hotels are located in South Carolina and Georgia. Unlike others in this market, CAS has always done a much higher proportionate share of studios than our competitors and we have always been in not just A but also B+ properties. With us the location is the major driver in inventory selection. CAS designed in-house our own turnover/operational software that has worked well for us for many years in lieu of some of the national products used. We are both CPA’s, so we tend toward the bottom line and toward profitability sometimes to the detriment of some sales-side deals. We like it that way. The old “how many units do you have?” question at conferences used to drive us nuts. It is more about how are you doing on the units you do have.


MI, MO, NY and SC - Fifteen Bills with Movement

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Bed Bugs/Pest Infestation

NY A.B. 1549    Permits a landlord to inspect dwellings and exterminate bedbug infestations upon reasonable notice.

Taxes

NY A.B. 9533    Authorizes the town of Southampton, county of Suffolk to enact a hospitality business investment exemption.

MI S.B. 758       Taxation; hotel-motel tax; collection of delinquent excise taxes; provide for. Amends sec. 4 of 1974 PA 263 (MCL 141.864 ).

MO S.B. 693     Modifies provisions relating to taxation, fire sprinklers and merchandising practices. As substituted, allows Perry County to impose a 6% transient guest tax.

NY A.B. 1234    Authorizes the town of Greenburgh, specified villages therein, and the village of Sleepy Hollow in the town of Mount Pleasant to adopt a local law to impose a 3% hotel/motel occupancy tax.

NY A.B. 4984    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town or village of Mamaroneck.

NY A.B. 6828    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town of North Castle.

NY A.B. 6829    Imposes an occupancy tax in the village of Harrison.

NY A.B. 7134    Imposes an occupancy tax in the city of Yonkers.

NY A.B. 7966    Authorizes the county of Franklin to impose a motel and hotel tax of 5 percent.

NY A.B. 8938    Enables the county of Albany to impose and collect taxes on occupancy of hotel or motel rooms in Albany county for an additional two years.

NY A.B. 9616    Authorizes the county of Delaware to impose a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to two percent of the charge therefor.

NY A.B. 9626    Establishes an occupancy tax in the village of Tuckahoe.

NY S.B. 7229    Authorizes the town of Southampton, county of Suffolk to enact a hospitality business investment exemption.

SC S.B. 985      A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 1, TITLE 6, TO ENACT THE FAIRNESS IN LODGING ACT SO AS TO ALLOW MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES BY ORDINANCE TO IMPLEMENT ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS FOR THE BUSINESS LICENSE TAX AND THE LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS TAX AS THOSE PROVISIONS APPLY TO THE OWNERS OF RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY WHO RENT THE PROPERTY TO TOURISTS, INCLUDING DATA SHARING WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, SPECIFIC NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS INCLUDED IN PROPERTY TAX BILLS, AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY THAT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR NONCOMPLIANCE AFTER THE RECEIPT OF SUCH A NOTICE, AND DIRECTIONS TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO IDENTIFY RENTAL BY OWNER WEBSITES ADVERTISING TOURISTS RENTALS AND REQUEST THEM TO POST ON THE WEBSITES A STATEMENT REGARDING THE LEGAL OBLIGATIONS OF THE OWNERS OF PROPERTY IN THIS STATE LISTED ON THE WEBSITE, TO PAY ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL AND STATE TAXES AND FEES WITH RESPECT TO SUCH RENTALS; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 6-1-120 , 12-54-240 , AS AMENDED, AND 12-4-310 , RELATING RESPECTIVELY TO THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF LOCAL AND STATE TAX DATA AND EXCEPTIONS THERETO, AND THE DUTIES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT.

 


13 for Friday the 13th

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Bed Bugs/Pest Infestation

NY A.B. 1549    Permits a landlord to inspect dwellings and exterminate bedbug infestations upon reasonable notice.

Taxes

LA H.B. 255      TAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY:  Authorizes the governing authority of the city of Carencro to levy a hotel occupancy tax

MO S.B. 693     Modifies provisions relating to taxation, fire sprinklers and merchandising practices. As substituted, allows Perry County to impose a 6% transient guest tax.

MO S.B. 896     Authorizes Perry County to impose a transient guest tax

NY A.B. 1234    Authorizes the town of Greenburgh, specified villages therein, and the village of Sleepy Hollow in the town of Mount Pleasant to adopt a local law to impose a 3% hotel/motel occupancy tax.

NY A.B. 4984    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town or village of Mamaroneck.

NY A.B. 6828    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town of North Castle.

NY A.B. 6829    Imposes an occupancy tax in the village of Harrison.

NY A.B. 7628    Authorizes the town of Woodbury, Orange county, to impose, by local law, a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to five percent of the charge therefor.

NY A.B. 7966    Authorizes the county of Franklin to impose a motel and hotel tax of 5 percent.

NY A.B. 9626    Establishes an occupancy tax in the village of Tuckahoe.

SC S.B. 503      A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 6 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO ENACT THE BEACH PRESERVATION ACT , TO ALLOW A QUALIFIED COASTAL MUNICIPALITY TO IMPOSE A FEE NOT TO EXCEED ONE PERCENT ON THE GROSS PROCEEDS DERIVED FROM THE RENTAL OR CHARGES FOR ACCOMMODATIONS FURNISHED TO TRANSIENTS SUBJECT TO THE MUNICIPALITY'S LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS TAX, TO PROVIDE THAT THE MUNICIPALITY MAY IMPOSE THE FEE ONLY AFTER ITS APPROVAL IN A REFERENDUM HELD IN THE MUNICIPALITY, TO PROVIDE THAT THE FEE IS IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS TAXES IMPOSED AND MUST NOT BE DEEMED CUMULATIVE TO OTHER LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS TAXES IMPOSED BY THE MUNICIPALITY, TO PROVIDE USES FOR WHICH THE FEE REVENUE MUST BE APPLIED, TO PROVIDE FOR REPORTING AND FOR REMITTANCE OF THESE FEES, AND TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS.

SC S.B. 985      A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 1, TITLE 6, TO ENACT THE FAIRNESS IN LODGING ACT SO AS TO ALLOW MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES BY ORDINANCE TO IMPLEMENT ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS FOR THE BUSINESS LICENSE TAX AND THE LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS TAX AS THOSE PROVISIONS APPLY TO THE OWNERS OF RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY WHO RENT THE PROPERTY TO TOURISTS, INCLUDING DATA SHARING WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, SPECIFIC NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS INCLUDED IN PROPERTY TAX BILLS, AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY THAT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR NONCOMPLIANCE AFTER THE RECEIPT OF SUCH A NOTICE, AND DIRECTIONS TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO IDENTIFY RENTAL BY OWNER WEBSITES ADVERTISING TOURISTS RENTALS AND REQUEST THEM TO POST ON THE WEBSITES A STATEMENT REGARDING THE LEGAL OBLIGATIONS OF THE OWNERS OF PROPERTY IN THIS STATE LISTED ON THE WEBSITE, TO PAY ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL AND STATE TAXES AND FEES WITH RESPECT TO SUCH RENTALS; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 6-1-120 , 12-54-240 , AS AMENDED, AND 12-4-310 , RELATING RESPECTIVELY TO THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF LOCAL AND STATE TAX DATA AND EXCEPTIONS THERETO, AND THE DUTIES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT.


What has CHPA done for your company lately?

Posted by: Amanda Cook on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

A lot! CHPA leaders continue to provide resources and opportunities to fulfill the Association's mission of making CHPA member companies more successful. Here are some of the highlights over the last year:

  • Relevant industry information more frequently: CHPA provides a weekly eNews, highlighting industry content important to your company. The eNews includes member company news items, Association events and information, introduces new members and keeps you up to date on important trends in corporate housing globally.
  • More interactive Annual Conference: The 2014 Annual Conference featured new interactive sessions, such as the CEO Case Study, provider-specific and Associate Partner focused sessions. The increased interaction among attendees created one of our most successful events to date.
  • Enhanced Regional Conference offerings: More attendees from regional companies are attending the Regional Conference. The 2014 East Regional Conference had record attendance with over 100 industry professionals. Don't miss the November 5 West Regional Conference in Irvine, California!
  • Streamlined volunteer opportunities: Your expertise is valuable to CHPA and so is your time. CHPA's streamlined Task Force meeting schedule allows you to actively participate while using your time more effectively.
  • Developed resources for success: CHPA developed two white papers for member use with prospective clients, funders, etc.  Located in the online Knowledge Center, this members-only area has many resources for you and your team.
  • Collaborating with related industries:  The Association continues to promote corporate housing to partner industries like Worldwide ERC, Canadian ERC, and the National Apartment Association.

CHPA leaders thank you for your continued support of the Association. We are only as strong as the members we serve. In a continuing effort to meet the goals outlined in the strategic plan, CHPA will embark on a significant survey project this summer to learn more about what members need and want to be more successful. Please help us help you by completing the surveys and submitting the requested information. We appreciate every opportunity to help you succeed and look forward to serving your needs in the future.


 
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