So I have my airbnb in a small coastal town called Los Osos in San Luis Obispo county. Recently I was notified that I have to get a business permit and start pay occupancy taxes. I average 15-20 night's per month with budget travelers, I'm afraid that adding additional taxes will affect my business.
Post by High Priestess on May 13, 2017 3:14:50 GMT
I am curious, who notified you and how? Airbnb hosts' privacy information (full name, phone number, address, etc) is protected by Airbnb's system such that people can't easily identify you without booking a reservation. These measures to protect hosts' privacy may be more meaningful in large urban areas, however, than in small towns where everyone knows everyone else and you can hardly do anything without everybody knowing your business.
Some regions have occupancy taxes, others do not. OF regions which do have occupancy taxes, some of those are collected en masse by Airbnb, but in other regions Airbnb does not collect the taxes and the host has to do that. (Airbnb can't collect taxes without permission from the government)
I understand about the problem with increasing your rates to cover this when you specialize in budget travelers. For them a 5% to 15% increase could be quite large. Do you know how the tax is calculated? Is it just on the nightly accomodations rate, or is it calculated on the whole price including cleaning? I ask because if the tax is only on the accomodations and not on the cleaning fee, then you could potentially reduce the nightly rate and increase the cleaning fee to make the taxes lower.
There are many hosts in your same position.
For some reason, hosts aren't posting on this forum that much, but prefer the host FaceBook groups instead, including the one that accompanies this forum and is its adjunct. So you may not get that many replies to your question here. But if you join the FB group for this forum here: www.facebook.com/groups/140542703035271/ and post there you will probably get more responses. I know of at least a couple hosts on that group who are in your same situation.