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Airbnb To Collect More French Tourist Taxes

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

15 February 2017


Airbnb will be collecting tourist taxes in 50 French cities by the spring of 2017, the company announced recently.

The company is rolling out systems to automatically collect and remit local tourist levies in those cities that permit collection by the company.

The home-sharing platform said that it collected EUR7.3m (USD7.7m) in tourist taxes in the 19 most popular destinations in France for Airbnb guests in 2016, and will extend this initiative to a further 31 towns and cities in the coming weeks.

Airbnb said that it has remitted more than EUR175m in hotel, tourist, and occupancy taxes to more than 220 cities and communities worldwide since 2014.

Airbnb Chief Executive Brian Chesky revealed in an interview with the Financial Times last November that the platform hopes to soon have tax agreements in place with 700 cities, removing a major source of regulatory risk to its global operations.

Chesky explained that the agreements are necessary to reduce the risk that the company, or those using its online marketplace to rent out their homes to tourists, could break local tax laws.

"When you have a tax agreement, you have an explicit agreement, therefore there is not an existential risk," he told the paper.

TAGS: tax | property tax | law | travel and tourism | agreements | France

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