Airbnb announces new tax agreement in Tulsa

TULSA -- The city of Tulsa and Airbnb have partnered on a new tax agreement which will take effect March 1.

Starting March 1, the community-driven hospitality company will begin to collect and remit the five percent lodging tax on behalf of its hosts and gusts on eligible bookings. Guests will see the tax charge on their bill and then Airbnb will remit the taxes collected to the city.

“This agreement with Airbnb represents cooperative efforts we at the City are making to incorporate short-term rental arrangements into Tulsa’s lodging choices, while ensuring taxing parity with our existing hotels,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. “I appreciate the work done on this by my City Council colleagues and our team at the City, and am excited to have this technology available for visitors to our community.”

Airbnb collected and remitted more than $510 million in hotel and tourist taxes since 2014 across the globe.

Airbnb also has agreements with the state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City. The company said there were more than 16,000 Airbnb guest arrivals in Tulsa during 2017.

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