According to a study that Airbnb commissioned and publicized late last year, its hosts in San Francisco collect $12.7 million from their guests every year. That means that if the company was charging the 14 percent Transient Occupancy Tax – as the Tax Collector’s Office last year ruled that it must – it would be paying the city nearly $1.8 million annually. [Jones/SFBG]
“Does Mayor Lee support Airbnb dodging its $1.8 million tax debt to SF?” That’s what the SFBG is wondering, in a follow up to its report on the hotel taxes the Guardian believes the locally-based lodging company isn’t paying.
If you’re wondering the same thing, they include a handy note concerned citizens can cut, paste, and send to two of Lee’s spokespeople and an Airbnb rep. Happy emailing!