Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue has reached an agreement Airbnb for the online home rental service to begin collecting and paying the state’s 6 percent hotel occupancy tax.
Starting on July 1, Airbnb’s hosts in Pennsylvania will begin paying the tax to the company, which will then remit it to the state in an agreement expected to generate nearly $1 million each year.
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced the new agreement and expects it will help level the playing field with the hotel industry in the state that already pays the tax.
The tax applies when renting out a house, room or apartment to a guest for less than 30 days.
A quick browse of Airbnb.com indicates there are more than 300 home rentals available through the service in the Pittsburgh area.