Airbnb to collect state tax in Missouri after reaching agreement with state

Airbnb, the home-sharing and rental service, announced Wednesday it will begin collecting Missouri’s 4.2 percent state sales tax for its hosts.

The company reached an agreement with the Missouri Department of Revenue to allow Airbnb to collect and remit the state sales tax for the company’s bookings, starting on Feb. 1.

Ben Breit, the Midwest spokesman for Airbnb, said before the agreement was made, the burden of figuring out the tax breakdown was left to approximately 6,300 hosts in Missouri.

A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Revenue would not comment, saying in an email that state law “prohibits us from disclosing taxpayer-specific information.”

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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