Airbnb and TSV announce new tax agreement

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Global short-term rental company Airbnb will begin paying lodgers tax to the Village of Taos Ski Valley March 1 under an agreement.

Airbnb will automatically collect and remit a 5 percent lodgers tax on bookings at Taos Ski Valley. The tax will be charged to guests on their Airbnb bill.

"Our hosts in the Village of Taos Ski Valley want to pay their fair share of taxes, and we are pleased to be able to partner with the village to make the collection process easier," said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb Public Policy Director for the Southwest, in a statement. "Our community is always excited to welcome visitors and share their favorite neighborhood spots in the region with skiers."

This agreement will help to bring important additional revenue to the Village of Taos Ski Valley."

Village of Taos Ski Valley joins more than 350 municipalities and counties, including the town of Taos and Taos County, that receive lodgers tax from Airbnb. The village has 91 rentals listed on Airbnb, according to market tracker Airdna.

"Airbnb was great to work with; going through the steps to get an agreement in place was straightforward and streamlined. We're pleased to collaborate with Airbnb to simplify the tax collection process," said TSV Village Administrator Mark G. Fratrick, in a statement. "Tourism revenues are important for our village, and we appreciate that Airbnb offers additional accommodation options for visitors."

To date, Airbnb calculates it has had 260 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings around the globe, including more than 1,500 in the Village of Taos Ski Valley in 2017, with the average guest staying 3.2 nights per visit.

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