In 2014, Airbnb began collecting and remitting hotel and other tourist taxes in San Francisco and Portland. Today, this program is in place in over 200 jurisdictions around the world and growing. August 1 marks the first day that Airbnb will begin collecting and remitting taxes in 17 cities throughout France. Airbnb now collects and remits tourist taxes in 19 cities in France. We began this initiative there in 2015 in Paris, the number one city in the world for home sharing on Airbnb, and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The 17 additional cities added today accounted for more than half of all Airbnb bookings in France last year.
At a time when cities are working hard to stretch every dollar, Airbnb can be a valuable partner in strengthening city economies. These taxes can be a significant and important source of revenue for governments. Since our first agreements with cities in 2014, we have collected over $110 million (€98 million) in hotel, tourist, and occupancy taxes worldwide. In some cities, this tax revenue is a significant source of new income, and one that is likely to only grow larger as the Airbnb community continues to grow.
We now collect and remit in two of the three largest cities in the United States. Beginning August 1, Airbnb will begin collecting tourist tax in Los Angeles, and Airbnb has been collecting transient occupancy taxes in Chicago since February of 2015.
Worldwide, the jurisdictions in which we have worked to collect and remit taxes now includes:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
District of Columbia
Florida State (as well as 27 individual county tax authorities in Florida)
Jersey City, NJ
La Rochelle, France
Los Angeles, CA
Montgomery County, Maryland
North Carolina State (as well as 150 individual local tax jurisdictions in North Carolina)
Oregon; City of Portland, OR; and Multnomah County, OR
Palo Alto, CA
Rhode Island State
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Monica, CA
South Carolina State
Taos, New Mexico
Washoe County, Nevada
In some markets, Airbnb does not have the legal authority to collect and remit taxes because of outdated laws designed for large hotels with teams of lawyers and accountants, not regular people who share the home in which they live. We are prepared to partner with more jurisdictions to address these rules and collect and remit tax dollars in communities around the world.