The Harlan County Tourism Commission got down to business during the panel’s first meeting, taking action on transient tax collection.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley advised the commission on their responsibilities involving transient tax issues.
“A transient purpose means that someone goes and stays for a day or two days…or maybe even two weeks,” Mosley said. “It’s not someone who is residing there and has moved in.”
Mosley explained the transient tax impacts people who rent lodging in the short term, for example, those who rent a cabin for a few nights or weeks.
“What I would recommend is that you vote to begin the tax collection window from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31,” Mosley said. “The entities have been notified…they know it’s coming. In fact, a couple of them have emailed wanting to know if they’re already supposed to be collecting.”
Mosley said if necessary the county would send out a certified letter informing those people collection is to begin.
“We have all of the lodging entity information that we are aware of,” said Mosley. “At some point down the road, there may be things that pop up.”
Mosley told the panel there are several people around the county that have rental houses that are used for a transient purpose such as nightly rentals.
“Those people are supposed to be participating in this,” Mosley said. “If they’re using it as a nightly rental, or a weekly rental, it is supposed to be on the list for transient tax collection.”
Mosley explained the taxes will be collected over a month, remitted the next month, and then reflected in the commission’s financial report the following month.
Vice-Chairman Cleon Cornett mentioned should the commission hire a director at some point in the future, that person will need to build good relationships with the businesses and individual involved in renting the accommodations and collecting the tax.
After a lengthy discussion concerning the details of collecting the tax, the panel passed a motion authorizing a letter to be sent by the judge-executive’s office advising transient tax collection is to begin on Dec. 1.
Chairman Jeff Wilder then called for a motion to adjourn, reminding the panel the next meeting is set for Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.
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