Does this tax-collection agreement mean Airbnb is completely legal in Los Angeles? Not really. But if you're renting out your home as a short-term rental, the city wants to make sure it gets its cut of the business, even as it's revising its short-term rental laws.
Hawaii may become the only U.S. state so far to veto legislation that requires sharing economy services to collect state and local taxes.
Now, even smaller U.S. cities and towns are pushing back against disruptive Airbnb rentals.
Airbnb's new strategy of working with states and cities on tax issues, instead of ignoring them completely, is a sign of the company finally starting to grow up.
European tax authorities, in this case from France and Italy, continue to go after online travel agencies like Booking.com for back taxes. Booking.com is such a large company that a $400 million bill, if it actually must be paid, won't cause the company to sweat excessively.
In his new role at IATA, the outgoing Air France-KLM CEO has a big challenge ahead of him: working with the U.N. to establish a global tax for airline emissions that will be enforced fairly among all airlines.
Coming up next week: A contrary ruling from another state or city that goes in OTAs' favor ... until a different ruling the week after that.
Despite 88 filed lawsuits in the U.S. -- and now VAT issues in Europe -- the hotel occupancy tax issue has mostly been manageable for Expedia and the other online travel agencies. The sky indeed has not fallen.
Disney has had a 20-year exemption from paying entertainment tax in Anaheim, California and wants to extend it another 30 years in exchange for a $1 billion expansion of Disneyland Resort. The rich get richer.
This is a big defeat for cities and towns -- in Florida. There should be a national policy on online travel agencies' hotel tax obligations to sort through all of the confusion.