Airbnb has paid an extra £1.8m in tax after an investigation, and is also cooperating with HMRC to share data on the money made by the estimated around 225,000 Airbnb hosts in the UK during the tax years 2017-18 and 2018-19.

This corporate tax bill comes on top of a £1.1m tax bill on profits of £5.6m in 2019.

Airbnb said it “pays all applicable taxes”, and that hosts keep up to 97% of what they charge.

In cities including London and Edinburgh, Airbnb hosts have returned their properties to the longer term rental markets as COVID has decimated their market; although in some areas demand for Airbnb properties has flourished with holidaymakers avoiding hotels and issues around social distancing.

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