Airbnb working on plan to pay New York hotel taxes

Airbnb app on an iPhone and iPad.
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Airbnb app on an iPhone and iPad.

Airbnb, a peer-to-peer home rental company that has been disrupting the global hotel market, is working on legislation that would allow it to start collecting hotel taxes of 14.7 percent in New York by July 1, the New York Post reported Monday.

The delay is due to New York laws that place the burden of collecting and paying taxes on the individual host while Airbnb wants to be able to handle the whole transaction, the Post reported.

Last month, Airbnb's head of global public policy David Hantman told the travel site Skift that the company was working on a plan to collect the taxes, which could add up to $21 million for New York. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating whether Airbnb violates the state's short-term rental laws.

Last week The Oregonian reported that Airbnb has already amended its terms of service to allow collection of the lodging tax in Portland, Ore. Airbnb has also agreed to start paying San Francisco's 14 percent hotel tax by this summer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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