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Beginning January 1st, 2024, short-term rental owners should be aware of an important update – a new tax liability has been introduced that affects your rentals.

If you own properties that you rent out through platforms like Airbnb or VRBO, or even a room in your primary residence, you’re now subject to a new reporting requirement mandated by the California State Board of Equalization (BOE). It’s crucial to mark your calendars, as the filing deadline for this new form is May 7, 2024.

New Tax Requirements for Short-Term Rental Owners

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) has introduced a new reporting requirement effective from January 1. If you’re renting out properties on platforms like Airbnb or VRBO, or even a room in your primary home, you’re in the spotlight. 

What You Need to Do

File Form BOE-571-STR Before May 7, 2024: This form requires you to detail the purchase cost of all items in your rental, including furniture, appliances, and decor. This step is crucial for assessing the depreciation of these items based on their acquisition year. 

Practical Steps for Compliance

  • Gather Documentation: It’s time to sift through old receipts and records. Reporting the original purchase prices of your rental property items is now a necessity.
  • Consult with Professionals: As with any financial resolution, understanding the implications of these changes is key. Consulting with tax experts like us at Root Tax can provide clarity and ease the process.

Why This Matters

Navigating new tax laws can be as challenging as setting a budget or managing debts. This new requirement is no exception. It’s about being proactive and making informed decisions to maintain a healthy financial status.

Your Financial Wellness Journey

Remember, setting up a financial plan at the start of the year is great, but regularly revisiting your financial strategies is essential. Whether it’s budgeting, debt management, or understanding new tax liabilities, staying on top of these areas ensures you’re on the right path to achieving your financial goals.

For any queries regarding new tax laws, liabilities, or benefits, feel free to contact us at Root Tax. We’re here to provide the answers and guidance you need to make 2024 a prosperous and financially sound year.

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