Springfield tourism group asks city leaders to tax Airbnb sales

Members of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau are asking city leaders to look into taxing Airbnb sales.

The head of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Tracy Kimberlin said Springfield’s short-term rental industry is small but growing quickly.

“The local hotels have realized that short-term rentals are here to stay,” Kimberlin said, “They’re not trying to get rid of them in terms of competition. They want to level the playing field.”

Hotel guests must pay a 5 percent hotel-motel sales tax to the city. About half of the fund goes toward the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A Springfield City Council committee is currently considering revising the definition of a hotel, which is currently more than eight furnished bedrooms, to just one furnished bedroom. If the threshold is lowered,  Airbnb hosts would be required to pay the hotel-motel tax and obtain annual business licenses.

Voter approval is needed to approve a tax expansion.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader


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