Sunday 25 June 2017

AirBnB wants Irish tax law changed

Airbnb. Photo: Getty
Airbnb. Photo: Getty
Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

The biggest room-sharing company in the world is hopeful the Government may amend tax law t0 take account for short term room renting sooner rather than later.

AirBnB, which employs about 450 staff in Dublin, lobbied the Government to update tax laws here that distinguish between people who rent out bedrooms to long-term lodgers and those who rent rooms for a night or two.

Earlier this year the Revenue Commissioners warned prople who offer rooms through AirBnB and other sites that they would have to file tax returns on that income. Tax breaks for people renting a room long-term do not apply to AirBnB hosts.

"We've had conversations with the Department of Finance. They have said they are open to this, but ultimately this is a decision for them and they need to figure out whether it is worth doing it, but I think the signs are positive that they may decide [to make the change]," said AirBnB's head of public policy in Europe, Patrick Robinson.

Irish Independent

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