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Airbnb and Schuyler County reach tax collection agreement

Today, Schuyler County and Airbnb announced an agreement to allow the world’s largest home sharing platform to collect and remit county hotel occupancy taxes on behalf of thousands of guests who visit the county every year. The agreement goes into effect March 1.

Schuyler Airbnb hosts cater to a range of travelers, from NASCAR fans in town for the Watkins Glen International to families looking for a comfortable place to vacation in the Finger Lakes. In 2016, the typical host in Schuyler County earned $10,300 according to Schuyler Airbnb.

Airbnb is also bringing new travelers to local small businesses, with hosts in Schuyler County welcoming over 3,300 guests in the last year alone. .

Schuyler joins Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, and Tompkins Counties in entering tax agreements with Airbnb.

Worldwide, Airbnb has collected and remitted over $175 million in taxes in over 220 cities, states and countries, including Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Currently, New York State law prevents Airbnb from collecting and remitting taxes at a statewide level.

Josh Meltzer, Head of New York Public Policy, Airbnb said “We’re excited to work with Schuyler County to welcome more visitors to the region and grow the County’s tax base as we head closer to summer travel season. We hope the agreements we have reached with New York counties will serve as models for how local and state governments can work collaboratively with our community to boost incomes and provide more tax revenue.”

Airbnb collaborated with Schuyler County officials, including County Treasurer Harriett Vickio, County Attorney Steven Getman and County Administrator Tim O’Hearn to design and carry out the agreement.

Tim O’Hearn, Schuyler County Administrator said of the deal, “Schuyler County is pleased to partner with Airbnb and appreciates their willingness to enhance our efforts to collect lodging tax. This will greatly improve our tourism promotion efforts and continue Schuyler’s mission to be the premier destination to live, visit, or work in the northeast.”

New York State’s 48,600 Airbnb hosts welcomed more than 2 million visitors in the last year alone, generating billions of dollars in economic activity. The typical host earns $5,400 per year by sharing their home for an average of fewer than three nights a month according to Airbnb.

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