Hotel group says Airbnb agreement with state revenue agency isn’t legal

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Source: Orlando Sentinel
By Marco Santana
February 26, 2019

The state’s agreement to allow the home-share site Airbnb to voluntarily collect tax revenue from its hosts has came under fire Tuesday, with some hotel owners saying such a deal unfairly benefits the online company.

Officials with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association accused the Florida Department of Revenue of overstepping its authority with the deal.

“Airbnb negotiated its secretive agreement with the state of Florida behind closed doors with no opportunity for public input and zero transparency,” AAHOA interim President and CEO Rachel Humphrey said in a news release.

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