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MoneyBonavista cuts off services for Airbnb operators with unpaid tax bills

13:45  10 september  2019
13:45  10 september  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Bonavista cuts off services for Airbnb operators with unpaid tax bills© Patrick Butler/CBC Bonavista Mayor John Norman says town staff browse the internet daily looking for new Airbnbs to make sure they are taxed accordingly. The Town of Bonavista is getting tougher in its attempts to collect taxes from Airbnbs popping up in the popular tourist destination.

The mayor of Bonavista says said the town is taxing Airbnbs at the town's business rate, using the property's assessed value, to create a level playing field with owners of accommodations that are registered as businesses.

"They are not registered businesses so it's kind of hard to go after them when you don't know their revenue and the value of their business so we have had to come up with our own formula," said John Norman.

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Unpaid taxes from online sales and services have long been a contentious issue. Hotel operators in Indianapolis and across the country complain that Airbnb is playing by a different set of rules, and it's disrupting not only their share of tourism dollars, but also government tax collections.

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"We assign the business mill rate, like we do with any other business without knowing the actual revenue."

Norman said there is a town staff member who monitors Airbnb consistently looking for new accommodations. When new listings occur the information is recorded and a staff member will make a house visit.

"We have gone to some pretty serious measures to collect. We have literally dug up driveways and turned off water sewer service until the bill is paid, cutting them off completely from all municipal services."

The mayor said the taxation method has been quite successful, but he acknowledges not all Airbnb owners are pleased.

"I don't think some are happy about it, but it is what it is."

Airbnbs don't pay Canada Select Fees, site inspection fees for Service NL or provincial tourism registration fees, according to Norman, which he says is part of the reason owners of more traditional accommodations are upset.

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Unfair advantage, says bed and breakfast owner

Patrick Alan Monsigneur, co-owner of the Claddagh Inn, a Saint Mary's bed and breakfast, says they've had a significant decline in clientele since Airbnbs started popping up in the area.

He said he's in favour of healthy competition but he believes they are at an unfair disadvantage.

Bonavista cuts off services for Airbnb operators with unpaid tax bills© Marie Isabelle Rochon/CBC The Town of Bonavista says it's trying to level the playing field between Airbnb operators and operators of more traditional hospitality accommodations.

"We are no longer on an even playing field because the competitors aren't paying taxes and paying all the fees and meeting all the requirements," he said.

"We collect taxes for the government. Unregistered and unlicensed operations are not collecting those taxes."

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"Airbnb believes in paying its fair share, but given the casual nature of home sharing, our hosts should not be treated like corporate hotels. We already work with the Canada Revenue Agency to remind hosts across the country of their obligations during tax season," said Alexandra Dagg in a statement.

Bonavista cuts off services for Airbnb operators with unpaid tax bills© Marie Isabelle Rochon/CBC B&B co-owner Patrick Monsigneur says he has seen a significant decline in clientele since Airbnb became popular around the Saint Mary's area.

The company says it is not aware of any other municipality in the country that is taxing Airbnb hosts as a business based on their property assessment value.

More regulations needed

The lack of regulations on Airbnbs also concerns Larry Laite, chair of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador.

There are no health inspections, no inspections done by fire departments or service NL.

"It's something that we have asked … that there be a legislative review done and completed on the tourism establishment act so that they can be regulated and legislated," said Laite.

He wants Airbnbs to undergo health and fire inspections, and other scrutiny that licensed businesses encounter.

"Without having those regulations and that comfort zone … we are concerned that this can damage the work that has taken place over the last 25 years to build Newfoundland into a destination that people want to come to."

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