Editor: I was very upset to find our small, part-time family business as an Airbnb host implicitly characterized as part of a problem in lost tax revenue. We are proud to be not only Airbnb SuperHosts but also tax-paying members of our greater Hillsboro community.
We are registered with the county and state, using the simple mechanism of a county fictitious name filing and setting up to pay taxes with the state. Our listing discloses that we collect the occupancy tax as part of the total price. A very simple spreadsheet calculation breaks out the gross rent and tax from the total, and a quick visit to Virginia iFile once a quarter allows us to file and remit our taxes.
Creating a complicated and costly registry feels like a solution in search of a problem. That said, we’re not opposed to Airbnb calculating and remitting the taxes; that would save me a little bit of “paperwork.”
Peter Thomas, Hillsboro