January 1st marked the start of our partnership with the City of Dortmund beginning the automated the collection of occupancy taxes via the Airbnb platform for hosts living in Dortmund.
Dortmund is the first city in Germany to partner with us and introduce an automated process to collect this tax. This digital solution will not only speed up the collection and remittance of tourist tax for local authorities it will also make it easier for hosts across the region to pay their taxes.
Alexander Schwarz, General Manager Airbnb Germany, Austria and Switzerland, says:
“We are very excited to work together with the City of Dortmund. By collecting occupancy taxes in Dortmund in an automated process via our platform, we will make collecting and remitting occupancy taxes quicker and simpler for local authorities and hosts. Home sharing allows people in Dortmund to make some extra income by sharing their home once in a while and at the same time shows the openness and hospitality of the city of Dortmund.”
Across the world, Airbnb has worked to collect and remit tourist and occupancy taxes with more than 340 jurisdictions, including Dortmund and the Canton of Zug in Switzerland, generating more than €280 million in tax revenue since the launch of the program. We are excited to expand this initiative to Germany, and we are currently talking to more cities, who we hope to partner with in the future.