Estimated Total AirBnB Host Revenues by City

Popular short term rental booking websites like AirBnB have demonstrated that the internet can be a lucrative marketplace that tax and revenue must heed.  In fact, the $25 Billion valuation should be further evidence of the value of a grey-market for tax called the Sharing Economy.  Tax Discovery departments for the state, city and county…mm

Hawaii fights Expedia, Orbitz, etc. in tax non-compliance

The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation wins a $150M ruling in its favour to collect taxes owing from a consortium of online travel booking agencies led by Expedia, and Travelocity.  Hawaii has on its state tax books a General Excise Tax (GET) of 4% where a business must pay for the privilege of doing…mm

Vacation Rental Tax Leads

Municipalities seek to bridge the tax gap by ensuring that property owners who provide short-term vacation rentals are paying their registration and rental tax obligations.  Short term vacation rental (STR) sites such as VRBO, HomeAway, AirBnB and others make it easy for property owners to advertise their short term rental (less than 30 days) to…mm