Solve for X – The Short Term Rental Tax Gap

Harmari recently released a 20-minute training video on the technical challenges associated with detecting short term rentals (STRs, also known as STVRs) that are non-registered or under-reporting for lodging tax (also known as TOT, transient lodging tax, transient occupancy tax, bed tax, accommodations tax, etc).  Key metrics are discussed that help estimate identification and monitoring

New device may solve short term rental noise issues

David Krauss, the founder of NoiseAware, has developed technology that detects party house activity, excessive noise and alerts the short term rental (STR) operator before the neighbours complain and the cops show up.  Marketed as a “smoke detector for noise”, the device works by connecting wirelessly to the residence’s network, and will notify by email

What to expect after regulating Short-Term-Rentals

Many municipalities and counties are considering what to do regarding short term vacation rentals in their neighbourhoods.  Here are some reasons in favour of a regulated, licensed environment: Level the playing field for the Hospitality Industry AirBnb is currently seeking funding at a valuation of $30 Bn, which puts its valuation larger than Hilton Worldwide

Facts about Host Compliance LLC

The short term rental compliance industry has very recently sprung up as a major concern amongst cities and counties in North America.   The challenge of ensuring compliance is that many of the major short term rental listing sites do not fully identify the name of the operator/manager and address of the properties offered.  Host Compliance

Harmari by LTAS Awarded Contract for Santa Fe Short Term Rental Compliance

November 1, 2016 LTAS Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce a contract in response to the City of Santa Fe Request for Proposal for Short-Term Rental (STR) Compliance Software and Services. Santa Fe selected LTAS and its Harmari™ Taxcrawler service to analyze, identify via public record, and continuously monitor all Short Term Rentals advertised on

Short Term Rental Compliance

Many municipalities have seen an increased need for short term rental compliance within their jurisdiction to ensure compliance with building code, zoning laws, and business licensing requirements enforce a ban on sensitive neighborhoods and subsidized housing collect on transient occupancy taxes or lodging taxes level the playing field between hotels and private short term rentals

Estimated Total AirBnB Host Revenues by City

Popular short term rental booking websites like AirBnB have demonstrated that the internet can be a lucrative marketplace that tax and revenue must heed.  In fact, the $25 Billion valuation should be further evidence of the value of a grey-market for tax called the Sharing Economy.  Tax Discovery departments for the state, city and county

Harmari Search for Craigslist v2.0 released!

The Harmari team is happy to announce the redesigned Harmari Search v2.0!   Check out the new user interface page, along with many improvements. More in depth archiving supporting Housing ads searches (rentals, real estate, vacation, parking/storage, etc., rooms/sublets) enabled search by Addresses to find ads by proximity to an address bulk search and single search

5 Reasons why 1099K data won’t fill in the tax gap

With oil prices down 50% since Fall 2014, state revenue agencies are seeking ways to overcome the shortfall without increasing taxes.  The simplest answer is improved enforcement: discovery, lead development, audit and collections are key aspects of that.  The IRS’s IRMF data by state payee from 1099K filings is a good start if you haven’t

TaxCrawler

The TaxCrawler product is a lead generation engine that presents refined and validated tax cases in Excel format as shown below.  It contains critical information on each lead for further analysis and background checking by a tax discovery auditor to increase revenues for the city, municipality or state. Below is a sample TaxCrawler report for