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Airbnb May Have to Collect Room Taxes in West Virginia (1)

Feb. 10, 2020, 10:27 PMUpdated: Feb. 11, 2020, 12:46 AM

Airbnb Inc., Expedia Group Inc., Hotels.com LP, and other companies facilitating room rentals in West Virginia may be required to collect local room taxes on top of sales taxes.

Advancing in the state Senate is a bill (S.B. 163) that would require online travel platforms and sharing economy companies that allow owners to make short-term rentals to collect local occupancy taxes on their behalf.

State laws imposing lodging tax collection duties on e-commerce platforms is one of the unfinished chapters from last year’s rush of laws addressing marketplace facilitators, said Scott Peterson, vice president for government relations ...