CSAC Opposes Airbnb Hotel Tax Protection Bill
June 23, 2016
While SB 133 by Senator McGuire is well intentioned, unfortunately it falls short and is premature in its efforts to regulate transient occupancy tax (TOT) collection from online short-term vacation rentals, such as those offered through platforms like Airbnb. In fact, SB 133 creates more harm than help by insulating the online platforms from aspects of local agency audits even if the city or county chooses not to participate in the optional program or changes their TOT ordinance at any point.
CSAC is joined in opposing the measure with the League of California Cities, California Association of Treasurers and Tax collectors, labor, and the hotel and lodging industry. Counties strongly are encouraged to contact their Assembly Members and Senator McGuire’s office on this harmful bill. Read our joint letter here.