Airbnb has said today that it supports the development of a digital services tax regime being discussed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, to bridge a divide between the United States and Europe.

The OECD is working with over 100 countries on a major rewrite of global tax rules, but negotiations have been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. The EU and the UK see digital service taxes as a way to raise revenue from the local operations of big tech companies, which profit from local markets while making only limited contributions towards public moneys. However in the US, such a tax is seen as discriminating against US tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple.