Airbnb claims $4.5 million in lodging taxes in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Short-term housing rental service Airbnb says it has collected $4.6 million in lodging taxes in Rhode Island since the tax law was changed in 2015.
The new law requires online services to collect a 7 percent sales tax, 5 percent state hotel tax and 1 percent local hotel tax.
The Providence Journal reports that Airbnb said in its announcement Wednesday the Newport received $455,000 of the total taxes collected and the rest was remitted to the state.
Airbnb says it had 2,100 active hosts in Rhode Island as of July 1, and the hosts served more than 130,000 guests in the past year.
The service says the average host makes about $8,400 a year, and 60 percent of the hosts are women.