Dale & Eke is taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously.  So, for the purpose of maintaining social distancing under CDC guidelines and to promote the health and safety of our clients, visitors and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our physical office will be closed until further notice.

For the time being we are limiting all in-office meetings to those clients and potential clients who are not feeling ill or who have not shown signs of illness.  However, we are recommending that, unless you make other arrangements with your attorney, all client and potential client meetings occur via telephone or video conferencing.  If you have any paperwork for us that you need to drop off, please use the mail slot outside of the front door to our office.

We can still be reached at our office telephone number (317-844-7400). Your call will be answered by our office phone system and you may leave a voicemail in the general mailbox or with a specific attorney. All voicemails left in the general mailbox will be routed to the requested attorney or staff.

You may also email the firm through its website at  www.daleeke.com.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and adjust procedures as necessary.  Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our attorneys and staff, is our highest priority.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

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New state tax law affects short-term rentals

With the rise in popularity of short-term rental services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO over the past few years, states have been forced to address some tax questions. Indiana has been one of only seven states from which Airbnb did not automatically collect taxes. Simply put, no one was sure what to collect, or whether they were even required to do so.

Indiana legislation passed in 2019 took effect last July 1. It provides that any short-term rental host was to be defined by the state as a merchant, and therefore owed taxes much like the 7% tax other hotels and bed-and-breakfasts pay. However, that initial law still did not specify who was responsible for paying those taxes.

In response to the confusion, lawmakers then drafted a second bill that states the host of the short-term rental is responsible for collecting taxes. It also gives platforms such as Airbnb the right to collect them on behalf of a host. The only exception to this rule exists for hosts who rent space in their primary residence for less than 15 days per year. These hosts are exempt from any lodging or inn taxes.

Short-term rentals have become big business. Property hosts in the state of Indiana were reported to have collected $36 million from the Airbnb platform in 2018. That does not include rentals hosted on VRBO or HomeAway. The majority of those earnings were from Marion County, which accounted for $14 million. The Indiana state legislature is making every effort to land all rental taxes in the same space so that hosts understand exactly how much to collect, and from whom.