State officials are cracking down on unpaid vacation rental taxes.
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|State crackdown garners millions in unpaid vacation rental taxes
The Department of Taxation has collected $4.1 million this year from vacation rental owners who owed back taxes, and expects to easily hit $12 million by year’s end. On just one vacation rental platform alone, investigators found that 5,100 of 7,300 hosts had not been paying GET or TAT taxes. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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