July 25, 2017

Luzerne County reaches agreement with Airbnb over hotel tax collection

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Pedri Luzerne County has entered into a contract to obtain hotel tax receipts from Airbnb, an online platform that connects people with available rooms, apartments or entire houses to those seeking lodging.

“The hotel industry is changing, and as such, how we tax and review hotel stays also has to change,” said county Manager C. David Pedri.

The county has a 5 percent hotel tax.

The county treasurer’s office keeps 2 percent of the revenue to oversee the tax collection. As specified by state law, the county Convention Center Authority receives 80 percent of the remaining proceeds for the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The other 20 percent goes to the county’s Convention and Visitors Bureau for tourism promotion.

Without the Airbnb contract […]

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