The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00719

Submission Number:
00719
Commenter:
Caren Madsen
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To whom it may concern: I own a home on the beautiful island of Tybee located 20 minutes from historic Savannah. I am one of many home owners who open their homes to visitors from all over the world. One of the reasons I moved here was the beauty and the proximity of Savannah. When my children (triplets) went to school I moved here from Connecticut. Due to financial circumstances I could no longer live in Fairfield County. Since I hate winters I came to Savannah, hoping to find work. Work is not easy nor is it consistent on a resort island. Making hay while the sunshines allowed me to rent my home while my kids aren't here and keep a large enough home for them to come home to as well. Without this income which I pay 7% to the county and state and an additional 6% to the city in taxes there is an additional tax being considered for $5.00 a night. Not including income tax on this money. Belieive me when I say it is not the easiest money I have ever earned, however it is the best I can do while supporting 3 children in college to make ends meet. I am not taking money away from hotels which are packed. I am not making changes to my neighborhood that would otherwise be empty of humans and I am giving visitors a home to rest while traveling and vacationing.