Department of Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty today announced an agreement with Airbnb, a major online home-sharing company, to begin collecting and remitting the state’s 6 percent hotel occupancy tax on behalf of hosts in Pennsylvania starting July 1.
“This is a win-win for hosts and the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “The agreement with Airbnb places Pennsylvania at the forefront of states responding to the sharing economy and will help to level the playing field across the lodging industry.”
The state’s hotel occupancy tax applies when renting out a property – including a house, room or apartment – to provide lodging to a guest for periods of less than 30 days. There is no separate sales tax.
The Revenue Department also collects a 1 percent local hotel tax in Philadelphia and Allegheny County, which is remitted to those counties. Airbnb will collect and remit for hosts.
Additional local hotel tax imposed by counties is collected by county treasurers where it applies. Local hotel tax rate information is available at http://munstats.pa.gov.
“I thank Airbnb for working with us to help thousands of hosts across the state to be compliant with the law,” said Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty. “This agreement will generate nearly $1 million in new revenue for the commonwealth to help fund vital state services.”