Although Airbnb is collecting and remitting the aforementioned taxes for sales occurring on or after October 15, 2015, hosts must still register with the Department and report their rental income. However, they can claim a deduction for any rentals made through Airbnb beginning October 15, 2015. The deduction should be itemized as "Other" along with an explanation that the tax for these sales was collected and sent by Airbnb. Deductions are not allowed for Airbnb charges such as service fees or commissions as they are considered a cost of doing business. If any retailing business and occupation ("B&O") tax remains due after taking the deduction, the host must pay such tax.
We recently discussed Airbnb's tax agreement with the state of Idaho. While dated last year, this development is important for its awareness for highlighting that the state of Washington has a B&O tax in addition to traditional sales and hotel taxes.
For more information, please see Washington Tax Topic: Airbnb to collect and send taxes on behalf of hosts, December 5, 2016.
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