Hawaii Governor Vetoes Vacation Rental Tax Collection Bill

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Source: U.S. News & World Report
By Audrey McAvoy
July 9, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday said he would veto a bill that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term vacation rental hosts, saying he wanted the state to coordinate with counties like Honolulu that have new regulations.

Ige said he’s concerned the bill, if enacted, would legitimize illegal vacation rental operations. This is an issue across the state where property owners have been renting homes in residential areas to tourists on a short-term basis without permits. The popularity of the practice has surged with the emergence of websites like Airbnb and HomeAway.com.

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