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Airbnb to collect state taxes on lodging

Airbnb has agreed to begin collecting the 1% state lodging tax on behalf of its hosts in the city of Portland.

Airbnb is the leading company in the Portland market that advertises short-term rentals in peoples’ homes and connects visitors and tourists with local hosts. Portland recently legalized such short-term rentals of less than 30 days, but only for single-family homes.

The San Francisco-based company agreed earlier to collect lodging taxes for the city, Multnomah County and local tourism promotion as of July 1. Now Airbnb will begin collecting the revenues for the state as well, starting September 1.

However, a large share of Airbnb hosts in Portland rent out rooms in their apartments or condos to tourists and visitors, and many also rent out their entire homes as vacation rentals. Those activities remain illegal in Portland.

It remains to be seen if the city will collect taxes on illegal home-sharing rentals, or from other companies besides Airbnb.

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