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Old 06-05-2017, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Can anyone direct me to a good authoritative source where I can find out if you have to pay taxes on your rent in Bethel? My husband is working there now and mentioned taxes and this seems mind boggling to me that it would apply. I have never heard of such a thing before and I've lived places in the lower 48 before I moved to Alaska and never once was tax part of the rent you paid. The amount of rent was what you paid and that was it. Is this for real???
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Old 06-05-2017, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Looking at the Bethel City Code, it looks like if the rental is for less than 42 days, there's a 12% lodging tax. Bethel Municipal Code Title 4
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Old 06-06-2017, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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This is a long term rental. Permanent living quarters. I looked at the code and it seems the 6% sales tax does apply which just seems crazy to me. I've never dealt with that before. Usually sales tax applies to buying things not an apartment or house rental. Wow.
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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This is a long term rental. Permanent living quarters. I looked at the code and it seems the 6% sales tax does apply which just seems crazy to me. I've never dealt with that before. Usually sales tax applies to buying things not an apartment or house rental. Wow.
That's life. When I had my rentals in Ketchikan we had to collect sales tax. It's how cities pay for stuff.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:18 AM
 
Location: NP
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That's life. When I had my rentals in Ketchikan we had to collect sales tax. It's how cities pay for stuff.
Yup....and it's not limited to AK. My son had to pay sales tax on his rental in Honolulu.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Sales tax on rent does seem a bit "un-Alaskan" . I agree that it seems petty but they have to pay for those cush city jobs somehow.

Is your husband a senior citizen? At least it looks like they give seniors a break on this http://www.cityofbethel.org/vertical...A450867%7D.PDF.
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