BILL NO A06556 SAME AS SAME AS S02596 SPONSOR Otis COSPNSR MLTSPNSR Add S1202-x, Tax L Authorizes the imposition of an occupancy tax in the village of Port Chester.Go to top
BILL NO A06556 03/26/2015 referred to ways and means 06/11/2015 reported referred to rules 06/15/2015 reported 06/15/2015 rules report cal.363 06/15/2015 ordered to third reading rules cal.363 06/25/2015 home rule request 06/25/2015 passed assembly 06/25/2015 delivered to senate 06/25/2015 ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1917 06/25/2015 PASSED SENATE 06/25/2015 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY 12/16/2015 delivered to governor 12/28/2015 vetoed memo.313 12/28/2015 tabledGo to top
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6556 SPONSOR: Otis
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, in relation to authoriz- ing the imposition of an occupancy tax in the village of Port Chester; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize the Village of Port Chester to enact a room occupancy tax not to exceed 3%.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The tax law is amended to add a new section 1202-x, to authorize the Village of Port Chester to enact such a tax.   JUSTIFICATION: The Village of Port Chester seeks the authority to impose a 3% daily room tax on any room in a hotel, motel, or similar place of public non-property. This tax is intended to raise revenues to support municipal expenses. The tax has been successful in the neighbor- ing cities of New Rochelle, Rye, and White Plains. Chapter 381 of the Laws of 2010 grants similar authority to the village of Rye Brook, which marks the first time such authority was granted to a municipality other than a city.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 - S.4096 OPPENHEIMER , REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS 2011-12 - A.4779 Latimer, referred to ways and means   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state, but increased revenue for the Village of Port Chester.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed three years after such date.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6556 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY March 26, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. OTIS -- read once and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to authorizing the imposition of an occupancy tax in the village of Port Chester; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 1202-x to 2 read as follows: 3 § 1202-x. Occupancy tax in the village of Port Chester. (1) Notwith- 4 standing any other provision of law to the contrary, the village of Port 5 Chester, in the county of Westchester, is hereby authorized and 6 empowered to adopt and amend local laws imposing in such village a tax, 7 in addition to any other tax authorized and imposed pursuant to this 8 article, such as the legislature has or would have the power and author- 9 ity to impose upon persons occupying any room for hire in any hotel. For 10 the purposes of this section, the term "hotel" shall mean a building or 11 portion of it which is regularly used and kept open as such for the 12 lodging of guests. The term "hotel" includes an apartment hotel, a motel 13 or a boarding house, whether or not meals are served. The rate of such 14 tax shall not exceed three percent of the per diem rental rate for each 15 room whether such room is rented on a daily or longer basis. 16 (2) Such taxes may be collected and administered by the chief fiscal 17 officer of the village of Port Chester by such means and in such manner 18 as other taxes which are now collected and administered by such officer 19 or as otherwise may be provided by such local law. 20 (3) Such local laws may provide that any taxes imposed shall be paid 21 by the person liable therefor to the owner of the room for hire in the 22 tourist home, inn, club, hotel, motel or other similar place of public 23 accommodation occupied or to the person entitled to be paid the rent or 24 charge for the room for hire in the tourist home, inn, club, hotel, EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08199-01-5A. 6556 2 1 motel or other similar place of public accommodation occupied for and on 2 account of the village of Port Chester imposing the tax and that such 3 owner or person entitled to be paid the rent or charge shall be liable 4 for the collection and payment of the tax; and that such owner or person 5 entitled to be paid the rent or charge shall have the same right in 6 respect to collecting the tax from the person occupying the room for 7 hire in the tourist home, inn, club, hotel, motel or other similar place 8 of public accommodation, or in respect to nonpayment of the tax by the 9 person occupying the room for hire in the tourist home, inn, club, 10 hotel, motel or similar place of public accommodation, as if the taxes 11 were a part of the rent or charge and payable at the same time as the 12 rent or charge; provided, however, that the chief fiscal officer of the 13 village, specified in such local laws, shall be joined as a party in any 14 action or proceeding brought to collect the tax by the owner or by the 15 person entitled to be paid the rent or charge. 16 (4) Such local laws may provide for the filing of returns and the 17 payment of the taxes on a monthly basis or on the basis of any longer or 18 shorter period of time. 19 (5) This section shall not authorize the imposition of such tax upon 20 any of the following: 21 a. The state of New York, or any public corporation (including a 22 public corporation created pursuant to agreement or compact with another 23 state or the dominion of Canada), improvement district or other poli- 24 tical subdivision of the state; 25 b. The United States of America, insofar as it is immune from taxa- 26 tion; or 27 c. Any corporation or association, or trust, or community chest, fund 28 or foundation organized and operated exclusively for religious, charita- 29 ble or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to chil- 30 dren or animals, and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the 31 benefit of any private shareholder or individual and no substantial part 32 of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise 33 attempting to influence legislation; provided, however, that nothing in 34 this paragraph shall include an organization operated for the primary 35 purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit, whether or not 36 all of its profits are payable to one or more organizations described in 37 this paragraph. 38 d. A permanent resident of a hotel or motel. For the purposes of this 39 section, the term "permanent resident" shall mean a natural person occu- 40 pying any room or rooms in a hotel or motel for at least thirty consec- 41 utive days. 42 (6) Any final determination of the amount of any tax payable hereunder 43 shall be reviewable for error, illegality or unconstitutionality or any 44 other reason whatsoever by a proceeding under article seventy-eight of 45 the civil practice law and rules if application therefor is made to the 46 supreme court within thirty days after the giving of notice of such 47 final determination, provided, however, that any such proceeding under 48 article seventy-eight of the civil practice law and rules shall not be 49 instituted unless: 50 a. The amount of any tax sought to be reviewed, with such interest and 51 penalties thereon as may be provided for by local laws or regulations 52 shall be first deposited and there shall be filed an undertaking, issued 53 by a surety company authorized to transact business in this state and 54 approved by the superintendent of financial services of this state as to 55 solvency and responsibility, in such amount as a justice of the supreme 56 court shall approve to the effect that if such proceeding be dismissedA. 6556 3 1 or the tax confirmed the petitioner will pay all costs and charges which 2 may accrue in the prosecution of such proceeding; or 3 b. At the option of the petitioner, such undertaking may be in a sum 4 sufficient to cover the taxes, interest and penalties stated in such 5 determination plus the costs and charges which may accrue against it in 6 the prosecution of the proceeding, in which event the petitioner shall 7 not be required to pay such taxes, interest or penalties as a condition 8 precedent to the application. 9 (7) Where any taxes imposed hereunder shall have been erroneously, 10 illegally or unconstitutionally collected and application for the refund 11 therefor duly made to the proper fiscal officer or officers, and such 12 officer or officers shall have made a determination denying such refund, 13 such determination shall be reviewable by a proceeding under article 14 seventy-eight of the civil practice law and rules, provided, however, 15 that such proceeding is instituted within thirty days after the giving 16 of the notice of such denial, that a final determination of tax due was 17 not previously made, and that an undertaking is filed with the proper 18 fiscal officer or officers in such amount and with such sureties as a 19 justice of the supreme court shall approve to the effect that if such 20 proceeding be dismissed or the taxes confirmed, the petitioner will pay 21 all costs and charges which may accrue in the prosecution of such 22 proceeding. 23 (8) Except in the case of a willfully false or fraudulent return with 24 intent to evade the tax, no assessment of additional tax shall be made 25 after the expiration of more than three years from the date of the 26 filing of a return, provided, however, that where no return has been 27 filed as provided by law the tax may be assessed at any time. 28 (9) All revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax under the 29 local laws shall be paid into the treasury of the village of Port Ches- 30 ter and shall be credited to and deposited in the general fund of such 31 village. Such revenues may be used for any lawful purpose. 32 (10) Each enactment of such a local law may provide for the imposition 33 of a hotel or motel tax for a period of time no longer than three years 34 from the date of its enactment. Nothing in this section shall prohibit 35 the adoption and enactment of local laws, pursuant to the provisions of 36 this section, upon the expiration of any other local law adopted pursu- 37 ant to this section. 38 (11) If any provision of this section or the application thereof to 39 any person or circumstance shall be held invalid, the remainder of this 40 section and the application of such provision to other persons or 41 circumstances shall not be affected thereby. 42 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be 43 deemed repealed three years after such date.