To Tax or Not to Tax, There Should Be No Question 

Jun 7, 2017

Taxation without regulation. That’s where the short-term rental debate stands in Massachusetts, but they need to dig a little deeper. According to Airbnb, not typically known for sharing accurate information with regulators or the public, the company had about 592,000 guests in Massachusetts last year. A column in The Boston Globe reports that, “had...

Airbnb’s “New” Tool Chest: Different Shade of Lipstick, Same Pig

May 18, 2017

Airbnb’s updated Policy Tool Chest may be version 2.0, but it’s just more of the same old Airbnb playbook. For example, the Tool Chest touts Airbnb’s “One Host, One Home” policy in New York City, yet just this week the city just hit a commercial operator illegally using Airbnb with a $1.2 million lawsuit.

“Tax Day” for Airbnb

Apr 18, 2017

Every year in April, taxpayers – both individuals and businesses – step up to support the vital public services that underpin our communities. Teachers and schools, police and fire departments, roads, bridges and infrastructure are paid for by the taxes that we all share responsibility for. It is sad that despite promoting itself as...

Airbnb Makes Tax Deals Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine

Mar 28, 2017

Recently, a former executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission with more than 40 years in tax administration looked into Airbnb’s secret tax deals with cities across the country. Surprise, surprise: He found the results “unsettling.” In an op-ed for The Hill, Dan Bucks writes: “Despite their best efforts to keep the tax agreements secret...

Airbnb’s ‘Don’t Ask, We Won’t Tell’ Tax Plan

Jan 18, 2017

A new Airbnb report claims its tax deals with cities across the U.S. will send their tax revenue “soaring.” But just imagine if the company actually paid its fair share of taxes? Now that would be something worth reporting. In Airbnb’s view, the only way for cities to collect the revenue it promises is...

Lifting the Curtain on Airbnb’s Shady Tax Deals

Oct 11, 2016

In city after city after city, legislatures have demanded that Airbnb live up to its promises to work with policymakers and communities. But (no surprise) instead of following through on its promises to work with policy makers and communities, Airbnb is looking for more shortcuts to skirt the law and hide the real impact...

NPR Report: “Local Governments Struggle with Handling Airbnb Tax Cheats”

Aug 19, 2016

Airbnb says it wants to be taxed. Great! Time to put your data where your mouth is. Arlington, Virginia’s Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy says she has no way of identifying short-term rentals booked on Airbnb in order to assess the 5.25% lodging tax that Arlington County collects from all of its hotel rooms.

A Tale of Two Tax Deals

Jul 29, 2016

Airbnb has managed to procure sweetheart tax agreements in counties all over Florida. Brevard, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Desoto, Dixie, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Hamilton, Hendry, Hernando, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Levy, Madison, Okeechobee, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Sumter, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington, to be exact. But who’s counting? Now, Escambia and Santa Rosa...

Airbnb’s LA Tax Deal: Different City, Same Shady Playbook

Jul 19, 2016

Airbnb’s most recent attempt to subvert the efforts of community members and policy makers was on full display yesterday when it was announced that the company has convinced Los Angeles to agree to a special tax plan. Sidestepping the ongoing City Planning Commission process that is developing regulations on Short-Term Rental (STR) companies like Airbnb,...