senate Bill S4707A

Imposes an occupancy tax in the city of Yonkers

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 18 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 24 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 24 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4707A

Summary

Imposes an occupancy tax in the city of Yonkers.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7134A
Versions:
S4707
S4707A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1202-x, Tax L

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BILL NUMBER:S4707A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, in relation to the imposi-
tion of an occupancy tax in the city of Yonkers; and providing for the
repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To authorize the city of Yonkers 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
city of Yonkers to enact such a tax.

EXISTING LAW:

Adds a new section to New York State Tax Law, Article 29: Part 1, Sub
Part A, Section 1202-X.

JUSTIFICATION:

The city of Yonkers seeks the authority to authorize a 3% daily room tax
on any room in a hotel, motel, or similar place of public non-property.
The tax has been successful in the neighboring cities of New Rochelle,
Rye, and White Plains. Revenues from the additional tax will assist the
City of Yonkers in providing essential services, while maintaining a
balanced budget.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

04/18/13 - REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
01/08/14 - REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state, but increased revenue for the city of Yonkers

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Increased revenue for the city of Yonkers.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed
repealed September 1, 2017.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4707--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations  and
  Government  Operations  in  accordance  with  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the tax law, in relation to the imposition of an occu-
  pancy tax in the city of Yonkers; 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:

  Section  1.  The  tax law is amended by adding a new section 1202-x to
read as follows:
  S 1202-X. OCCUPANCY TAX IN THE CITY OF  YONKERS.  (1)  NOTWITHSTANDING
ANY  OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE CITY OF YONKERS, IN THE
COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER, IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO  ADOPT  AND
AMEND  LOCAL  LAWS IMPOSING IN SUCH CITY A TAX, IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER
TAX AUTHORIZED AND IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, SUCH AS THE  LEGIS-
LATURE  HAS OR WOULD HAVE THE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE UPON PERSONS
OCCUPYING ANY ROOM FOR HIRE IN ANY  HOTEL.  FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS
SECTION,  THE  TERM "HOTEL" SHALL MEAN A BUILDING OR PORTION OF IT WHICH
IS REGULARLY USED AND KEPT OPEN AS SUCH FOR THE LODGING OF  GUESTS.  THE
TERM  "HOTEL"  INCLUDES AN APARTMENT HOTEL, A MOTEL OR A BOARDING HOUSE,
WHETHER OR NOT MEALS ARE SERVED. THE RATE OF SUCH TAX SHALL  NOT  EXCEED
THREE  PERCENT  OF  THE  PER DIEM RENTAL RATE FOR EACH ROOM WHETHER SUCH
ROOM IS RENTED ON A DAILY OR LONGER BASIS.
  (2) SUCH TAXES MAY BE COLLECTED AND ADMINISTERED BY THE  CHIEF  FISCAL
OFFICER OF THE CITY OF YONKERS BY SUCH MEANS AND IN SUCH MANNER AS OTHER
TAXES  WHICH  ARE  NOW  COLLECTED AND ADMINISTERED BY SUCH OFFICER OR AS
OTHERWISE MAY BE PROVIDED BY SUCH LOCAL LAW.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10392-02-4

S. 4707--A                          2

  (3) SUCH LOCAL LAWS MAY PROVIDE THAT ANY TAXES IMPOSED SHALL  BE  PAID
BY  THE  PERSON LIABLE THEREFOR TO THE OWNER OF THE ROOM FOR HIRE IN THE
TOURIST HOME, INN, CLUB, HOTEL, MOTEL OR OTHER SIMILAR PLACE  OF  PUBLIC
ACCOMMODATION  OCCUPIED OR TO THE PERSON ENTITLED TO BE PAID THE RENT OR
CHARGE  THE  ROOM FOR HIRE IN THE TOURIST HOME, INN, CLUB, HOTEL, MOTEL,
OR OTHER SIMILAR PLACE OF  PUBLIC  ACCOMMODATION  OCCUPIED  FOR  AND  ON
ACCOUNT  OF  THE CITY OF YONKERS IMPOSING THE TAX AND THAT SUCH OWNER OR
PERSON ENTITLED TO BE PAID THE RENT OR CHARGE SHALL BE  LIABLE  FOR  THE
COLLECTION  AND  PAYMENT OF THE TAX; AND THAT SUCH OWNER OR PERSON ENTI-
TLED TO BE PAID THE RENT OR CHARGE SHALL HAVE THE SAME RIGHT IN  RESPECT
TO COLLECTING THE TAX FROM THE PERSON OCCUPYING THE ROOM FOR HIRE IN THE
TOURIST  HOME,  INN, CLUB, HOTEL, MOTEL OR OTHER SIMILAR PLACE OF PUBLIC
ACCOMMODATION, OR IN RESPECT TO NONPAYMENT OF  THE  TAX  BY  THE  PERSON
OCCUPYING  THE  ROOM  FOR  HIRE  IN  THE TOURIST HOME, INN, CLUB, HOTEL,
MOTEL, OR SIMILAR PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION, AS IF THE TAXES WERE  A
PART  OF  THE RENT OR CHARGE AND PAYABLE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE RENT OR
CHARGE; PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT THE CHIEF FISCAL  OFFICER  OF  THE  CITY,
SPECIFIED  IN  SUCH LOCAL LAWS, SHALL BE JOINED AS A PARTY IN ANY ACTION
OR PROCEEDING BROUGHT TO COLLECT THE TAX BY THE OWNER OR BY  THE  PERSON
ENTITLED TO BE PAID THE RENT OR CHARGE.
  (4)  SUCH  LOCAL  LAWS  MAY  PROVIDE FOR THE FILING OF RETURNS AND THE
PAYMENT OF THE TAXES ON A MONTHLY BASIS OR ON A BASIS OF ANY  LONGER  OR
SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME.
  (5)  THIS  SECTION SHALL NOT AUTHORIZE THE IMPOSITION OF SUCH TAX UPON
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
  A. THE STATE OF NEW YORK,  OR  ANY  PUBLIC  CORPORATION  (INCLUDING  A
PUBLIC CORPORATION CREATED PURSUANT TO AGREEMENT OR COMPACT WITH ANOTHER
STATE  OR  THE  DOMINION OF CANADA), IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT OR OTHER POLI-
TICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE;
  B. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INSOFAR AS IT IS IMMUNE FOR TAXATION;
OR
  C. ANY CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION, OR TRUST, OR COMMUNITY CHEST,  FUND
OR FOUNDATION ORGANIZED AND OPERATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR RELIGIOUS, CHARITA-
BLE  OR EDUCATION PURPOSES, OR FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
OR ANIMALS, AND NO PART OF THE NET EARNINGS OF WHICH INURES TO THE BENE-
FIT OF ANY PRIVATE SHAREHOLDER OR INDIVIDUAL AND NO SUBSTANTIAL PART  OF
THE ACTIVITIES OF WHICH IS CARRYING ON PROPAGANDA, OR OTHERWISE ATTEMPT-
ING  TO  INFLUENCE  LEGISLATION; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NOTHING IN THIS
PARAGRAPH SHALL INCLUDE AN ORGANIZATION OPERATED FOR THE PRIMARY PURPOSE
OF CARRYING ON A TRADE OR BUSINESS FOR PROFIT, WHETHER OR NOT ALL OF ITS
PROFITS ARE PAYABLE TO ONE OR MORE ORGANIZATIONS DESCRIBED IN THIS PARA-
GRAPH.
  D. A PERMANENT RESIDENT OF A HOTEL OR MOTEL. FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS
SECTION, THE TERM "PERMANENT RESIDENT" SHALL MEAN A NATURAL PERSON OCCU-
PYING  ANY ROOM OR ROOMS IN A HOTEL OR MOTEL FOR AT LEAST THIRTY CONSEC-
UTIVE DAYS.
  (6) ANY FINAL DETERMINATION OF THE AMOUNT OF ANY TAX PAYABLE HEREUNDER
SHALL BE REVIEWABLE FOR ERROR, ILLEGALITY OR UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OR  ANY
OTHER  REASON  WHATSOEVER BY A PROCEEDING UNDER ARTICLE SEVENTY-EIGHT OF
THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES IF APPLICATION THEREFOR IS MADE TO  THE
SUPREME  COURT  WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  AFTER THE GIVING OF NOTICE OF SUCH
FINAL DETERMINATION, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY SUCH  PROCEEDING  UNDER
ARTICLE  SEVENTY-EIGHT  OF THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES SHALL NOT BE
INSTITUTED UNLESS:
  A. THE AMOUNT OF ANY TAX SOUGHT TO BE REVIEWED, WITH SUCH INTEREST AND
PENALTIES THEREON AS MAY BE PROVIDED FOR BY LOCAL  LAWS  OR  REGULATIONS

S. 4707--A                          3

SHALL BE FIRST DEPOSITED AND THERE SHALL BE FILED AN UNDERTAKING, ISSUED
BY  A  SURETY  COMPANY AUTHORIZED TO TRANSACT BUSINESS IN THIS STATE AND
APPROVED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF INSURANCE OF THIS STATE AS TO SOLVENCY
AND  RESPONSIBILITY,  IN  SUCH  AMOUNT AS A JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
SHALL APPROVE TO THE EFFECT THAT IF SUCH PROCEEDING BE DISMISSED OR  THE
TAX  CONFIRMED  THE  PETITIONER WILL PAY ALL COSTS AND CHARGES WHICH MAY
ACCRUE IN THE PROSECUTION OF SUCH PROCEEDING; OR
  B. AT THE OPTION OF THE PETITIONER, SUCH UNDERTAKING MAY BE IN  A  SUM
SUFFICIENT  TO  COVER  THE TAXES, INTERESTS AND PENALTIES STATED IN SUCH
DETERMINATION PLUS THE COSTS AND CHARGES WHICH MAY ACCRUE AGAINST IT  IN
THE  PROSECUTION  OF THE PROCEEDING, IN WHICH EVENT THE PETITIONER SHALL
NOT REQUIRED TO PAY SUCH TAXES, INTEREST OR  PENALTIES  AS  A  CONDITION
PRECEDENT TO THE APPLICATION.
  (7)  WHERE  ANY  TAXES  IMPOSED HEREUNDER SHALL HAVE BEEN ERRONEOUSLY,
ILLEGALLY OR UNCONSTITUTIONALLY COLLECTED AND APPLICATION FOR THE REFUND
THEREFOR DULY MADE TO THE PROPER FISCAL OFFICER OR  OFFICERS,  AND  SUCH
OFFICER OR OFFICERS SHALL HAVE MADE A DETERMINATION DENYING SUCH REFUND,
SUCH  DETERMINATION  SHALL  BE  REVIEWABLE BY A PROCEEDING UNDER ARTICLE
SEVENTY-EIGHT OF THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND  RULES,  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,
THAT  SUCH  PROCEEDING IS INSTITUTED WITHIN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE GIVING
OF THE NOTICE OF SUCH DENIAL, THAT A FINAL DETERMINATION OF TAX DUE  WAS
NOT  PREVIOUSLY  MADE,  AND THAT AN UNDERTAKING IS FILED WITH THE PROPER
FISCAL OFFICER OR OFFICERS IN SUCH AMOUNT AND WITH SUCH  SURETIES  AS  A
JUSTICE  OF  THE  SUPREME COURT SHALL APPROVE TO THE EFFECT THAT IF SUCH
PROCEEDING BE DISMISSED OR THE TAXES CONFIRMED, THE PETITIONER WILL  PAY
ALL  COSTS  AND  CHARGES  WHICH  MAY  ACCRUE  IN THE PROSECUTION OF SUCH
PROCEEDING.
  (8) EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF A WILLFULLY FALSE OR FRAUDULENT RETURN  WITH
INTENT  TO  EVADE THE TAX, NO ASSESSMENT OF ADDITIONAL TAX SHALL BE MADE
AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF MORE THAN THREE  YEARS  FROM  THE  DATE  OF  THE
FILING  OF  A  RETURN,  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT WHERE NO RETURN HAS BEEN
FILED AS PROVIDED BY LAW THE TAX MAY BE ASSESSED AT ANY TIME.
  (9) ALL REVENUES RESULTING FROM THE IMPOSITION OF THE  TAX  UNDER  THE
LOCAL  LAWS  SHALL  BE PAID INTO THE TREASURY OF THE CITY OF YONKERS AND
SHALL BE CREDITED TO AND DEPOSITED IN THE GENERAL FUND OF THE CITY. SUCH
REVENUES MAY BE USED FOR ANY LAWFUL PURPOSE.
  (10) EACH ENACTMENT OF SUCH A LOCAL LAW MAY PROVIDE FOR THE IMPOSITION
OF A HOTEL OR MOTEL TAX FOR A PERIOD OF TIME NO LONGER THAN THREE  YEARS
FROM  THE  DATE OF ITS ENACTMENT. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PROHIBIT
THE ADOPTION AND ENACTMENT OF LOCAL LAWS, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS  OF
THIS  SECTION, UPON THE EXPIRATION OF ANY OTHER LOCAL LAW ADOPTED PURSU-
ANT TO THIS SECTION.
  (11) IF ANY PROVISION OF THIS SECTION OR THE  APPLICATION  THEREOF  TO
ANY  PERSON OR CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL BE HELD INVALID, THE REMAINDER OF THIS
SECTION AND THE APPLICATION  OF  SUCH  PROVISION  TO  OTHER  PERSONS  OR
CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED THEREBY.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed September 1, 2017.

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