VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – Airbnb began collecting and remitting local bed taxes on behalf of its hosts in Volusia and Clay counties on Feb. 1, the company announced last week. The agreement joins the two counties with numerous other counties and the State in fully benefiting from people visiting via Florida Airbnb listings.
Airbnb now has bed tax agreements in place in 44 of the 67 Florida counties.
Collecting and remitting taxes can be incredibly complicated. The rules were designed for traditional hospitality providers and large hotel corporations with teams of lawyers and accountants. For this reason, Airbnb has partnered with over 400 local governments throughout the U.S. to collect and remit taxes, making the process seamless and easy for hosts to pay their fair share while contributing new revenue for local governments.
“We’re proud to continue growing our tax collection partnerships in Florida and ensure that counties can enjoy the valuable revenue that vacation rentals bring to the area,” said Tom Martinelli, Airbnb’s Florida Policy Director.
In Florida, county bed taxes are largely used to fund local tourism marketing ventures, which means this revenue is helping counties to better brand themselves globally as family-friendly tourist destinations.
Airbnb announced recently that its Florida host community collectively made $1.2 billion in supplemental income in 2019, while welcoming 6.6 million travelers within the State.