“We’re actively trying to engage with cities — we’ve put out a pledge indicating our willingness to work with cities on taxes and transparency,” the San Francisco-based company’s Chief Technology Officer, Nathan Blecharczyk, said in Amsterdam at a startup conference. “New policies that have been passed have been overall favorable to home sharing.”
Airbnb has agreements to automatically collect tax on behalf of hosts in 30 cities upon client payment and the municipality gets a lump sum check at the end of the month, Blecharczyk said. Last year, 5.5 million euros ($6.1 million) were collected in Amsterdam for instance, he said. There’s a similar deal in Paris, one of Airbnb’s biggest markets.