The American Hotels & Lodging Association has launched its latest attack on Airbnb over its voluntary compliance agreements to collect taxes in more than 200 locations, nearly all of which have been kept secret at Airbnb’s demand.
The report states that the agreements with individual cities do not require Airbnb to disclose all information relevant to its tax status, and they keep secret the identity and addresses of local hosts, providing “unjustified and unprecedented favouritism for Airbnb and its lodging operators … not available to other citizens and businesses”.
A second report looked at the rise of commercial activity on Airbnb between September 2014 and September 2015 in 12 US cities stating that that nearly 30% ($378m) of Airbnb’s revenue in these markets came from listings available 360 days a year, with each of these operators averaging more than $140,000 in revenue during the period studied.
17% of hosts in the 12 cities studied offered multiple units, amounting to more than half a billion dollars a year.
While the reports were being published, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky spoke to the New York Stock Exchange about being halfway through the two year process of getting ready to go public.