BLOG: Pennsylvania’s Agreement with Airbnb is a Win for All

By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary

June 17, 2016

The major online home-sharing company, Airbnb, recently agreed to begin collecting and remitting the state’s 6 percent hotel occupancy tax on behalf of hosts in Pennsylvania.

This will streamline processes and reduce a burden on hosts who wish to list their homes on Airbnb.

Since Airbnb is an industry leader in home-sharing, this will hopefully motivate other sites to do the same.

Home-sharing, like ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, improves consumer options and convenience, as well as creating competition that ultimately benefits consumers.

As Governor Wolf said, this is a win-win for hosts and the commonwealth.

The agreement with Airbnb places Pennsylvania at the forefront of states responding to the sharing economy and will help to level the playing field across the lodging industry.

Pennsylvania is the first state in the mid-Atlantic region to establish a statewide agreement with Airbnb to allow the company to voluntarily collect and remit hotel taxes.

We now join a growing number of states — including Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, Oregon and more than 150 municipalities globally — where Airbnb is voluntarily collecting and remitting taxes on behalf of hosts and guests.

This agreement is expected to generate nearly $1 million in new revenue for the commonwealth to help fund vital state services.

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