Should Short Term Rentals Like Airbnb Pay Taxes Like Hotels?
Hi Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb's Public Policy Manager here. First, the big hotels complained Airbnb wasn't paying taxes and now, after we've remitted more than half a billion dollars and partnered with more than 400 governments, they've changed their tune. AHLA is waging a nationwide campaign against Airbnb but it's clear they care little about Hawaii. If they were truly concerned about vacation rentals in the islands, they would be targeting other platforms like VRBO and HomeAway that have a much larger presence in the state.
I'm the Hawaii spokesman for The American Hotel and Lodging Association and a Honolulu local. There's a problem with illegal short term rentals. They hurt local families. If you're operating an illegal short term rental like a hotel, you're not paying the same property tax as an operator.
Hi Troy Flanagan, Vice President of Government Affairs and Industry Relations at AHLA. Airbnb has been making back-room deals and strong-arming state and local jurisdictions into ‘voluntary’ tax deals with no transparency, oversight or auditing capability to ensure the company pays its proper share of taxes. It’s like putting an empty jar at the counter of a retail store and asking customers to voluntarily pay sales taxes. There’s no accountability.
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