we are demanding the public release of Airbnb tax agreements and negotiation documents from municipalities across the country, in order to hold the company accountable to the public interest. With the state’s strong tradition of “government in the sunshine,” Floridians should demand no less than full disclosure of these covert negotiations.
More than 30 counties still remain in Florida that do not have a voluntary collection agreement set up with Airbnb, which means more than 30 counties still have the potential to be shortchanged. We think it is high time that municipalities and tax collectors hold Airbnb to the same standards as every other hospitality business in Florida.
Florida taxpayers do not get to pick and choose which laws to follow or what taxes to pay, how much to pay, and when to pay. Airbnb should live up to its stated commitment to transparency and payment of taxes, and provide the proper data to tax authorities and the public.
Note-- for Airbnb to release such data, would compromise the privacy of its users.