Legislators add restrictions to transient rental taxes bill

Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 9:36 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers have made changes to a controversial bill aimed at simplifying tax collections for transient vacation rentals to prevent the operations from being run illegally.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the legislation would let online lodging service Airbnb and similar companies collect general excise and transient accommodation taxes on behalf of hosts and pay the money to the state.

Sen. Rosalyn Baker says the amendments were meant to address concerns brought by the bill's opponents.

The changes include adding requirements for Airbnb to notify hosts who want to use its service that they must comply with local ordinances.

A manager for the company, Cyn Wang, says Airbnb is committed to working with legislators to ensure hosts pay their taxes, which totals an estimated $15 million each year in Hawaii.

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