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'The letter campaign in 2018 targeted 12,000 Airbnb landlords and Revenue then analysed the results for signs of underpayment of tax last year.' Stock picture

'The letter campaign in 2018 targeted 12,000 Airbnb landlords and Revenue then analysed the results for signs of underpayment of tax last year.' Stock picture

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'The letter campaign in 2018 targeted 12,000 Airbnb landlords and Revenue then analysed the results for signs of underpayment of tax last year.' Stock picture

The Revenue Commissioners were escalating a crackdown on Airbnb property owners ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown, new documents reveal.

Minutes of a meeting between senior Revenue audit officials and accounting and legal representatives provided an update on a pilot project on compliance in the area of accommodation services such as Airbnb.

The update on the "Short-Term Letting Project" from February stated: "Revenue have commenced a pilot project on short term lettings. To date 44 aspect query letters have issued and more are expected to issue.