Airbnb announces 40th county tax agreement in Charlotte
Short term rentals may have state protection if this bill becomes law.

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The vacation rental home marketing giant Airbnb announced Tuesday it has signed a tax agreement with Charlotte County, giving the company tax pacts in 40 Florida counties.

The new agreement, effective May 1, will have Airbnb collecting and remitting bed taxes in Charlotte for its client vacation rental home owners.

The agreement gives Airbnb tourist development tax collecting power in 40 counties, which the company hailed as a milestone. Sixty-three Florida counties have such taxes. The company already has agreements with counties surrounding Charlotte: Lee, Sarasota, Hendry, DeSoto and Glades. The company also collects and remits state sales tax on behalf of its clients statewide.

“Our vacation rental community is introducing a whole new world of travelers to the authenticity of Charlotte County while offering a unique economic opportunity for hundreds of local residents,” Tom Martinelli, Airbnb Florida policy director, stated in a news release.. “We are so proud to have collaborated on this deal which will unlock new annual tax revenue for the County.”

The Charlotte County tax agreement comes at a time of dynamic home sharing growth within Charlotte County, where about 350 residents share their homes on the Airbnb platform. In 2017, those hosts welcomed about 7,400 guests while earning over $1.6 million in supplemental income.

In Charlotte County, 73 percent of Airbnb hosts are female and 30 percent are seniors. Hosts often utilize this supplemental income to pay their mortgages or save for retirement.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


One comment

  • Karen

    April 12, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Let’s be real. Most of these are investor-owned, non-owner occupied dwellings. Look at the stats. Check out the Chicago Tribune, which stated that more than 80% of profits for short-term rentals come from entire-house rentals without the owner present.

    I know – I live in one of these communities. They are horrible for “real” residents – they diminish the neighborhood.

    Want an “authentic” experience? Move into a neighborhood, volunteer, meet your neighbors, and get involved in the community. Don’t come for a week, cause a disruption, and then leave and go home. The word “authentic” is used to mask the reality: Cramming dozens of people into investor-owned homes. Cheap digs that destroy communities.

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