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Airbnb to collect tourist tax

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Airbnb and Amsterdam had reached a deal for the online lodging site to collect tourist tax on behalf of the city.

The deal will "simplify the payment of tourist tax by collecting and remitting these taxes on behalf of hosts," the company said in a statement.

The agreement follows criticism from Amsterdam hotel owners that Airbnb users, who can book over 10,000 private citizens' rooms and apartments in the Dutch capital via the website, did not pay the tax.

Airbnb said in November that it was mulling charging users a visitor's tax on behalf of Montreal in Canada, which, like Amsterdam, is one of the company's 10 most visited cities.

Airbnb will start charging Amsterdam taxes on February 1, the company and the city said.

Source: AFP

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