Lodging Taxes from Airbnb | Hot 5

  • Published: February 22, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

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    1. Airbnb to Begin Remitting Lodging Taxes for Alabama Hosts

    The Alabama Department of Revenue has reached an agreement with Airbnb, the online marketplace for vacation property rentals and other short-term lodging. Properties rented through Airbnb have always been subject to state and local lodging taxes, with hosts responsible for remittance. Effective March 1, Airbnb will collect and remit taxes for its Alabama hosts. Local lodging taxes can also be collected and remitted through this process if the Department of Revenue has been assigned responsibility for these collections. (See Department of Revenue News Release)

    For local governments that have not assigned their lodging tax collections to the state, in the coming weeks the department will make available a template based on the state’s agreement. Using the same terms as the state agreement is expected to speed up discussions for any county that opts to work with Airbnb directly.


    2. ADPH Announces 1st Alabama Case of Zika Virus

    The ACCA has been asked to notify members about the Zika virus because there has now been a confirmed travel-related case in Alabama. This virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected specific type of mosquito. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They are aggressive daytime biters and live indoors and outdoors near people. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites. About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill and will require hospitalization, although death is uncommon. For more information, see ADPH’s News Release or visit www.adph.org.


    3. Primary Elections Next Week

    Alabamians will go to the polls next week to select party nominees for offices from the county courthouse to the White House. The lists of county commission candidates have been enormously helpful, and the Association asks each county to please share primary results as soon as they are available. A form is available for your convenience, and it can be returned to Brandy Perry (bperry@alabamacounties.org).

    Primary Results Form (Excel document)


    4. Prison Reform “Dips” Underway

    Six Alabama counties are today participating in a pilot project to implement a portion of the state’s massive prison reform law. The so-called “dips” (short stays of no more than three days in county jails) of parole or probation violators are only being implemented only in these six counties. In the coming weeks, the program will be expanded to include all counties – hopefully with program refinements developed from the experience of Dale, Etowah, Elmore, Montgomery Shelby and Pickens counties.


    5. Money on the Way

    Discount checks will be mailed very soon to those counties qualifying for the Safety Incentive Discount Program through the Association’s two insurance funds. This year the Association is combining discount checks for both funds into one mailing, so there has been a bit of a delay. But if you have completed all the requirements this year, your money is on the way.


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    Hot 5’s Hot Tip: Are U Using It?

    The Association’s new legislative tracking and reporting system includes an easy tool to track your local legislation. If “all politics is local,” then one of your priorities this time of year should be the tracking of your “local” legislation. The Association’s system is updated every Friday, so use the link below and then scroll to the bottom of the page and hit “Local Legislation.” Click here www.alabamacounties.org/legislation/bill-tracking/.