In Maine, when you stay in some kinds of short term rentals, like a hotel or motel room, you pay a state sales tax. If you stay more than 28 days you may be entitled to a refund of the tax you paid.
First, you must have rented:
for at least 28 continuous days.
Second, the room or living space must be your primary residence. Your primary residence is the place where you have the most legal ties. For example,
A primary residence does not include staying at a hotel while on vacation. But, if you do not have a "primary residence" outside of Maine and you are living here, you can claim Maine as your primary residence.
Exception: If you are in Maine to work or go to school, you do not have to claim Maine as your "primary residence." You can meet the "education" exception if you are enrolled in a diploma or degree program at an accredited secondary school or college. You can meet the "employment" exception by giving the manager of your housing a written statement from your employer explaining that your work requires you to be away from home.
The 28 day period is not interrupted by changing rooms within the same hotel, motel, rooming house, tourist or trailer camp.
The 28 days of “continuous occupancy” may not be interrupted just because the unit is occupied by different people. For example, if the room is rented for work purposes and paid for by the same employer (such as an airline company for its employees), this can count as 28 days of continuous use.
No, the owner can still charge taxes for extra services. This includes, for example, charges for cots or cribs or for use of cooking facilities.
The party who rented you the living space should refund all of the lodging tax you have paid.
Fill out the tax refund form in writing.
If they still won't give you a refund, you can contact Maine Revenue Services. This is the state agency that enforces this tax law.
Maine Revenue Services
Sales, Fuel and Special Tax Division
P.O. Box 9107
Augusta, ME 04332-1065
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)
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