Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality community, announced it delivered approximately $6 million in home sharing tax revenue and fees to the City of New Orleans on behalf of its hosts since the City Council approved new short-term rental regulations in late 2016.
The city’s new regulations, which went into effect April 1, 2017, created a new nightly fee, the Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund fee, and permitted Airbnb to collect and remit hotel and sales taxes on behalf its community. In New Orleans, these taxes go to the Orleans Parish School Board, the City of New Orleans, the Regional Transit Authority, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund fee is directed toward affordable housing.
Airbnb collects the taxes and fees directly from guests, who see the charge on their booking receipt, then remits it to the city on behalf of hosts. Collecting and remitting hotel taxes can be complicated for hosts, because the rules were designed for traditional hospitality providers with teams of lawyers and accountants. For this reason, Airbnb has partnered with hundreds of governments throughout the world to collect and remit taxes, making the process seamless and easy for hosts while contributing new revenue for local governments.
The revenue remitted to New Orleans is as follows:
- Hotel Occupancy Privilege and Hotel-Motel Sales taxes: $5,459,000
- From January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
- Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund fees: $541,000
- From April 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Other ways Airbnb is operating in compliance of the new law and demonstrating its commitment to being good partners with the City of New Orleans:
- Airbnb is the only platform working closely with the city to create a pass-through registration system that allows hosts to apply for their city-required licenses through the Airbnb platform;
- Airbnb continues working closely with the city to make city-requested product changes to the pass-through registration system to reduce the time city staff spends processing applications and verifying short-term rental permit holders are complying with all aspects of the law. These changes include adding fields for hosts to enter the type of permit they have obtained directly from the city, and the number of bedrooms in their short-term rental;
- Continuing to provide monthly data to the city to support enforcement of the law; and
- Removed approximately 3,000 listings for which hosts did not complete pass-through registration, or obtain a license directly from the city.