The agreement would mean Airbnb would directly facilitate the collection of Tourist Development Taxes, as opposed to putting the responsibility into the hands of each individual host.
“These county tax deals allow Airbnb as the platform, as the short term rental platform, to collect and remit the bed taxes or tourist taxes on behalf of our hosts,” said Ben Breit, a spokesman for Airbnb Florida. “What it ultimately means is it makes the process seamless for both our host community as well as the respective county governments because it means that they’re receiving all of the tourist taxes that they’re owed.”
Breit said typically hosts will have to use tax lawyers or figure out the system on their own when it comes to paying taxes during tax season. This would cut out that responsibility for the hosts.
County staff estimate that about $46,000 in taxes are anticipated to be collected per year, if the agreement is approved. 38 other Florida counties already have similar agreements with the company.According to the county, in 2016, there were about 300 hosts in Leon County. […]