Neighbors Move Forward, New York Leaves Money on the Table

We’ve worked together with cities around the world to collect and remit hotel, occupancy, and tourist taxes on behalf of our hosts and guests. All told, we’ve collected $85 million and the number of jurisdictions where we collect taxes continues to grow.

Over the past several weeks we’ve finalized agreements with a number of cities and states in the United States and this summer we will be collecting taxes in jurisdictions up and down the Eastern Seaboard, including:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • Jersey City
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Florida

In fact, Tompkins County, NY signed a tax agreement with us just this week. They are the first county in New York to do so, and we are having productive conversations with many other counties throughout the state about how we can ensure our community contributes more tax revenue.

While we are eager to add the City and State of New York to this list, New York lawmakers still refuse to act. According to New York state regulations, Airbnb does not have the authority to collect and remit taxes because of outdated laws designed for large hotels with teams of lawyers and accountants, not regular people who share the home in which they live.

We’ve asked New York leaders to change this law and ensure we can deliver tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue. Sadly, New York is going backwards and is instead considering wrongheaded legislation that would punish middle class families who depend on home sharing to pay the bills and stay in their homes.

As New York lawmakers wind down their work for the year, we hope they will abandon their misguided proposal and instead work with us in the future to pass common-sense rules that fight illegal hotels, support the middle class and deliver new tax revenue to the government.