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Save the Jersey Shore from this harmful Tax!

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Raised by 476 people in 7 months

*** UPDATED CAMPAIGN MESSAGE***


BIG NEWS Regarding the Transient Tax!

On May 13th, bill S-3158 was PASSED UNANIMOUSLY by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee. 

On May 20th bill A4814/A4520 was PASSED UNANIMOUSLY by the Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee. It is now scheduled for a FULL vote on the floor of the Assembly this Thursday the 23rd!

This is HUGE progress, but there is still work to do. The bill needs budget approval and a full vote on the Senate floor....and then there's the Governor.

Nevertheless, things are moving forward!


WHAT CAN YOU DO??


The Coalition originally budgeted for the legislative process to run through March. However, the state moves more slowly than expected and the timeline on this legislation has increased. The NJSRC has been operating without funds and has reached what is now the most crucial time in this legislative process. The NJSRC needs additional funds in order to pay the public affairs firm that was hired when this fight began. We need to keep the pressure on our legislators to get this bill passed and we cannot do so without their involvement. Contributions are needed from rental home owners, renters and shore business owners, so that The Coalition can continue to fight on behalf of everyone negatively impacted by this tax.  


If you've already given, please consider giving again. If you haven't made a donation yet, please take the time to do so today. If you know other owners or renters who want to save our Shore towns from this harmful tax, please ask them to make a donation.  In addition, the tax on Vacation Rentals will have a big impact on local businesses. If visitors to the Jersey Shore are forced to pay hundreds of dollars to the State or to local Realtors, that is money that won't be spent at local businesses this and every Summer. The Coalition is looking for local businesses who recognize this threat to their bottom line to help sponsor our campaign. All sponsoring businesses will be acknowledged on our "sponsors" page at www.NJShoreTax.com/supporting-businesses/ as well as have their pages "Liked" and acknowledged by our page on Facebook.


Thank you for your support.

NJ Shore Rentals Coalition, A NJ Nonprofit Corporation - 501(c)6



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If you would prefer to contribute by check, you can mail donations to:

NJ Shore Rentals Coalition
P.O. Box 2265
Long Beach Township, NJ 08008


Contact us:

email: NJSRCoalition@gmail.com
web: www.NJShoreTax.com



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Original Campaign Message
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Help us eliminate the tax on vacation rentals at The Shore


We are a group of concerned New Jersey Vacation Home Owners who have formed the "NJ Shore Rentals Coalition", a registered Non-profit corporation seeking to repeal the taxes on Shore Rentals. And we need your help.
 
Back in July, New Jersey passed several new taxes as part of the budget approval process. The most problematic of those is the application of both Sales & Occupancy taxes on Vacation Rentals. As of October 1st, Vacation rentals are now subject to a total of 11.625% in taxes.  Some municipalities add their own Occupancy Taxes that can bring the total tax rate on rentals to 13.625%!

These increased rental costs will undoubtedly cut into every traveler's vacation budget. At best, vacationers will spend LESS money at the Jersey Shore. At worst, they may choose to vacation elsewhere and spend NO money at the Jersey Shore. This would be devastating to the local economy as vacationers stop spending money at local businesses that depend on seasonal income from visitors to the shore.

Thankfully there is hope. Assembly Bill A-4520 and Senate Bill S-3133 have been introduced in the legislature. These bills call for a REAL “shore rental” exception to the current tax law. Both bills have been moved to committee, but it will take time and effort to keep them moving forward. While we are volunteering our time, we need financial assistance to pay for some professional services. We have retained the services of an Attorney and a Public Affairs counsel to help us navigate through the legislative process. So far they have been a tremendous asset in advancing our campaign and guiding us through each step along the way.   In addition to retaining these professionals, we will incur other expenses that we need to be able to cover to keep this fight going.. 

Unfortunately, guiding legislation through the NJ Senate & Assembly is not a quick or easy process. We have launched this campaign to raise money to fund these efforts over the next several months. Even getting these bills on a "fast track" would at BEST get them on the Governor's desk at the end of December. As such, we need to make sure our campaign is funded through at least February so that we can keep constant attention on these bills until the day they are signed into law.

We need your help!
We are confident that we can get this tax repealed before it does any harm to the Jersey Shore economy, but we need your help to make sure. We have been asking owners, renters and small businesses to call their representatives to support these bills, but now we need some financial support. We are asking everyone to contribute to this cause and to help save the NJ Shore so that we can all enjoy it for years to come.

Thank you,

NJ Shore Rentals Coalition, A NJ Nonprofit Corporation - 501(c)6





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Even MORE Good News!

A4814/A4520 passed UNANIMOUSLY out of the Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday.

The bill is now slated to be voted on by the FULL Assembly on Thursday!
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MORE good news!
The corresponding Assembly Bill, A-4814 is scheduled for committee Monday 5/20!

YOUR Action last week WORKED and our Senate Bill S-3158 was advanced out of committee UNANIMOUSLY. Now it is time to do it again, but on the Assembly side!

The Assembly Bill A-4814 (Downey), is ON THE SCHEDULE to be heard by The Assembly Appropriations Committee this Monday, May 20, 2019! But we still need your help!

We need each of you to call or email the Assemblymen & Assemblywomen who are on this committee to ask for their support. Visit www.NJShoreTax.com for suggested messages and contact info.

Thanks again for all your support and hard work!

The NJSRC
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BIG NEWS Regarding the Transient Tax!
On May 13th, bill S-3158 was PASSED UNANIMOUSLY by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee.

This is a BIG first step, but there is still work to do. The bill needs to go through the Assembly committee as well, plus budget approval and a full vote on both floors....and then there's the Governor.

Nevertheless, things are moving forward!

WHAT CAN YOU DO??

The Coalition originally budgeted for the legislative process to run through March. However, the state moves more slowly than expected and the timeline on this legislation has increased. The NJSRC has been operating without funds and has reached what is now the most crucial time in this legislative process. The NJSRC needs additional funds in order to pay the public affairs firm that was hired when this fight began. We need to keep the pressure on our legislators to get this bill passed and we cannot do so without their involvement. Contributions are needed from rental home owners, renters and shore business owners, so that The Coalition can continue to fight on behalf of everyone negatively impacted by this tax.

If you've already given, please consider giving again. If you haven't made a donation yet, please take the time to do so today. If you know other owners, renters or shore business owners who want to save our Shore towns from this harmful tax, please ask them to make a donation.

Thank you for your support,

The New Jersey Shore Rentals Coalition
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What has been accomplished….
In less than three months, our grass roots campaign has grown from a handful of concerned home owners to thousands of owners, renters and businesses across New Jersey. Together we have all picked up a single bill from the state assembly, added a matching Senate bill, and garnered TWENTY THREE* co-sponsors across both houses. That kind of legislative support is simply unheard of. These are things that NJ shore rental owners should all be proud of and we need to recognize that what we have all accomplished in such a short time is fantastic. This is a long, slow journey, but we are on the right course.

Along the way, The Coalition has set lofty, nearly impossible goals for this legislation. Trying to move legislation as quickly as we are is like trying to push a freight train. We see the frustration when these bills don’t get put on the agenda, and perhaps we’ve set everyone’s expectations too high. As a group of shore rental owners we are literally shooting for the stars and thus should not be disappointed if we fall short. The Coalition will continue to push hard to get this legislation moving as quickly as possible. We just hope that everyone understands that when meeting dates come and go without our legislation being addressed, that hope isn’t lost and as concerned rental owners our efforts haven’t “failed”.

We know that many of you want to see these bills put on the committee agendas and get voted on ASAP, and we do too. While it may seem like nothing is happening on the surface, all of the countless emails and phone calls have had an effect. We now have the attention of Speaker Coughlin who controls legislation in the Assembly. He has now stated publicly that they are “working on legislation” but that he has concerns with the “constitutionality” of the bills. Legislators do NOT like to pass laws that risk being challenged in court and they do not send bills to committee until they are comfortable that the language is finalized. As such, our state legislators and their staff are working on the wording of this bill so that they are comfortable that the legislation won’t face any legal challenges. The Coalition believes that the Speaker’s primary concern is that the tax be applied uniformly across New Jersey, which means crafting language that exempts ALL direct-by-owner rentals from the tax. We at NJSRC support legislation that goes further than what was originally proposed, and we imagine a broader exemption would have even more legislative and public support.

As of right now, the legislation is being re-written so as to comply with constitutional law. In addition, other similar legislation that has been proposed, may be combined and the correction may become statewide. The Coalition hopes to participate in that process, helping to craft the bill that will continue to garner support and successfully continue through the process of committee hearings and full vote.

From time to time we will call upon our fellow shore rental owners to reach out to the elected officials as the bills are reintroduced. The NJSRC is committed to success and pledge to keep you informed every step of the way.

– The NJ Shore Rentals Coalition



* Our sponsor count keeps climbing! 23 total Sponsors and Co-sponsors between the bills.
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