STATEWIDE (WGME) As its popularity grows in Maine, room booking service Airbnb will start collecting lodging taxes from consumers starting in April.
Airbnb announced it’s reached an agreement with the state to automatically collect and remit taxes on behalf of its Maine hosts.
“This agreement is a win-win, providing Mainers with a consistent source of revenue to support core public services, while allowing Airbnb hosts to benefit from the economic opportunity provided by home sharing,” said Andrew Kalloch, Northeast Public Policy, Airbnb.
According to the company, Airbnb hosts in Maine brought in more than $26 million last year.
State law requires short-term rentals of living quarters be taxed at 9% on the value of the rental.
However, the requirement does not apply to online home sharing sites, such as Airbnb, shifting the burden of compliance to property owners.
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