When guests travel on Airbnb, local families and their communities benefit. Travel on Airbnb is often subject to tourist tax and since 2014, we have worked with authorities across the world to collect and remit tourist tax on behalf of our community. This work ensures more communities benefit from Airbnb stays, helps authorities receive the taxes they are due and makes the payment of tax simpler for local Hosts. This work has generated more than $9 billion in tax revenues for authorities globally1.
Today, Airbnb is pleased to share that we will collect and remit tourist taxes for short-term rentals in all parts of Italy that have a tourist tax system in place. The entire tourist tax process will now be fully automated, so visitors to Italy can focus on enjoying their stays without the worry of tax bills and paperwork and Hosts can prioritize making guests feel at home.
Our work to collect and remit tourist taxes across Italy follows a change to the law in the Italian 2024 Budget Law that now requires platforms like Airbnb to collect and remit tourist taxes in Italy. For years Airbnb has worked in partnership with some of Italy’s largest cities to collect and remit tourist taxes through voluntary agreements. Airbnb will now collect and remit tourist tax across Italy, starting with over 1,200 towns and cities, on February 15 with the rest to follow.
Airbnb will automatically apply the tourist tax for eligible stays based on the local rate of where a listing is based. We will automatically collect the amount required for each stay and remit this in full to the local authority on a routine basis, in accordance with local terms.
In addition to progress on tourist taxes, Airbnb has welcomed new national short-term rental rules that were recently agreed in Italy. The new rules introduce a new national registration system and will be supported by data collected as a result of new EU-wide rules that embrace home sharing on platforms like Airbnb. These rules will make it easier for historic centers such as Venice and Florence to access the information they need to make informed policy decisions, and we are committed to working with authorities to make these rules a success.