That changed around 2014, when Airbnb began closing its business with officials in selected cities to collect and deliver taxes to its hosts. It calls these voluntary collection agreements or VCAs. In Portland, the site of the first convention, city officials legalized home-sharing and reduced registration fees for short-term rents at about the same time Airbnb agreed to add an 11.5 percent occupancy tax on each booking. It then negotiated similar agreements in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and elsewhere. The company says it has signed more than 350 such agreements nationwide and more than 500 worldwide, and has raised more than $1 billion in taxes. “Some governments have rules that require platforms like Airbnb to collect and transfer taxes, and we do everything we can to meet those obligations,” said Christopher Nulty, director of public policy at Airbnb. “However, many governments do not have such rules, so Airbnb has proactively entered into more than 500 voluntary collection agreements around the world to ensure that our community pays its fair share of taxes. We strive to do everything in our power to ensure that we pay our fair share and that we are ready to work with any government that works with us. “I just don`t see any damage to leaving a revised VCA that will provide more data to the city,” Randall said. “For me, a VCA with Airbnb strengthens the relationship and ensures collections better than without it.” WASHINGTON – A new report released today on National Tax Day highlights why the Supreme Court`s Wayfair decision against South Dakota removes the need for states and municipalities to enter into “voluntary tax agreements” with Airbnb.
The report, released by Dan Bucks, former director of the Montana Department of Revenue and former executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission, said last year`s ruling provides the legal framework and incentive to tax Airbnb like any other U.S. online store now. The American Hotel and Lodging Association took advantage of the Supreme Court`s decision wayfair v. South Dakota in June 2018 to recommend governments denounce existing voluntary collection agreements with Airbnb.