Airbnb is to simplify the collection of the tourist tax in France, starting in Paris, its first destination on Airbnb. Instead of the hosts paying taxes for their guests, the company itself will take charge of this task.
Airbnb, the community site for accommodations reservation around the world, has announced that it will begin collecting the tourist tax on behalf of its guests in Paris, the first city in the world on Airbnb.
The simplified collection process will begin on October 1st and will be gradually extended to other cities in France.
The tourist tax already applies to rentals between individuals on Airbnb, but the current system requires that the host collects the tax from each of the travelers and pays it to the city authorities.
In early August, the French government issued a decree that gives the possibility to platforms like Airbnb to take responsibility for these administrative procedures on behalf of the hosts. The process will be fully automated and simplified and for everyone.
“The Parisians are the most numerous in the world to share their housing on Airbnb. We are proud to launch this simple and effective tax process in our world first destination, and thus enable Paris to better perceive this important source of income from our travelers”, explains Nicolas Ferrary, Airbnb France Director.
"By working closely with the government to simplify the payment of the tourist tax for our guests, we contribute to a fair and modern framework for tourism in France."