Airbnb is working with cities across the world to make it easy for hosts to pay their fair share of tax. In France, Airbnb was the first platform to automatically collect and remit tourist taxes to city authorities on behalf of hosts. In 2016, Airbnb collected tourist tax in the 19 most popular French destinations for Airbnb guests, and today we are pleased to share that this generated €7.3 million in tax revenue for those cities.
By collecting and remitting tourist taxes on behalf of Airbnb hosts in France, the process is more clear and simple for everyone. It also ensures cities receive this important financial resource. The tax revenues collected in these cities will be invested in tourism projects and help make France an even more attractive place for everyone.
Collecting more tax in more cities by spring 2017
By the spring of 2017, Airbnb will extend this initiative and collect and remit tourist taxes on behalf of hosts in a further 31 cities in France, covering other popular destinations across the French regions and ski resorts, reaching a total of 50 cities in France by spring 2017. As always, the process will be fully automated and apply to every Airbnb booking in these cities.
The list of additional 31 cities where Airbnb will collect and remit tourist taxes on behalf of hosts is:
- Boulogne Billancourt
- La Baule-Escoublac
- Le Mans
- Huez ( L’Alpe d’Huez included)
- Les Belleville (Saint-Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Les Ménuires included)
- Morzine – Avoriaz
- Bourg – Saint- Maurice (Les Arcs included)
- Val d’Isère
- Les Allues (Meribel included)
- Aime-La-Plagne ( La Plagne included)
- Les Deux-Alpes
- Saint-Bon Tarentaise (Courchevel included)
Moving forwards, we want to collect and remit tourist taxes in all cities in France which levy tourist taxes and where we are allowed and able to collect and remit tax on behalf of hosts. To that aim, we are also working with officials in the national government to develop a system that allows us to automatically collect and remit tourist taxes in all applicable cities.
Since 2014, Airbnb has remitted more than €175 million in hotel, tourist and occupancy taxes to more than 220 cities and communities worldwide. We will continue to work with policymakers across the world so we can make it easier for more hosts to pay their fair share of tax.
Emmanuel Marill, Country Manager of Airbnb France, said:
“We want to be good partners to cities in France and work with them to make it easy for hosts on Airbnb to pay their fair share of tax. We’re proud to lead our industry on this matter and ensure cities receive this important financial resource for tourism.”