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Ottawa, Aug 18 (Canadian-Media): Airbnb, a privately owned company which rents out condos and houses, had been for long advocating, with its five-page submission, to Federal Liberal party to set rules for it in the market, media reports said.
Airbnb Logo. Image credit: Facebook page
In the submission Airbnb had asked Liberals to set some regulations around offers from online service providers, including applying sales taxes, all of which the government has so far ignored.
“We think as a platform our hosts should pay taxes. I know people get shocked when we say that, but we do. We think we should be contributing,” Alex Dagg, Airbnb’s public policy manager in Canada, said in an interview.
“We just need to figure out what are the appropriate rules in place to do that and how can we facilitate that.”
Rules had been enacted reportedly by Quebec, British Columbia and some cities to get tax revenues from bookings on Airbnb.
Quebec had been able to get a revenue of about $2.8 million over the first six months of the tax agreement.
The Hotel Association of Canada said Thursday the Liberals should give detailed information on all home-renting activity.
The industry group argued that rules should be enacted for hosts who rent out multiple homes or units for months on end as part of a larger commercial operation.
“We are not against Airbnb and we’re not against the competition. Competition is, in fact, a good thing. What we’re looking for here is fairness and a level playing field,” said Alana Baker, the association’s director of government relations.
Airbnb says there are some 80,000 people who offer places to rent in Canada, and they earn on average about $5,500 annually.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)