Airbnb recently announced it has begun collecting the West Virginia state sales tax, 6 percent, on behalf of its statewide host community.

The West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 2813 earlier this year, the release said, allowing Airbnb to automatically collect and remit the sales tax for taxable bookings statewide, simplifying the process for local Airbnb hosts and delivering a revenue stream to the state.

Airbnb will deliver the revenue to the West Virginia State Tax Department, which will allow the state to fully benefit from people utilizing Airbnb for their stay, the release said.

“We are eager to get the word out about this tax collection so that hosts who are already collecting the sales and use tax know that this responsibility will now be handled by Airbnb on their behalf,” said Tom Martinelli, Airbnb’s regional policy director. “West Virginia is leading the way on embracing the economic benefits of the sharing economy.”

Airbnb also recently announced that its West Virginia host community earned a combined $10 million in supplemental income in 2018 while welcoming 90,000 guest arrivals to the state. 

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