SF visitors prepare: Airbnb’s occupancy tax kicks in October 1st


The long-awaited Airbnb occupancy tax will be mandatory in San Francisco starting October 1st. It won’t affect Airbnb hosts, but visitors will have to pay 14 percent of the total rental amount to the city if they stay less than 30 days in a rental. This is directly in line with the tax hotels pay, also 14 percent.

In an email and blog post announcing the news, Airbnb told users it would be managing the tax submission for them. That means hosts won’t have to deal with unwieldy paperwork or government bureaucracy. Instead, the tax will be charged to visitors — an extra fee on top of the listing fee — and automatically deducted from the host’s earnings before they receive them. It will appear for guest receipts as a line item labeled “Transient Occupancy Tax.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, based on its own study of Airbnb listings in the city, estimated…

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