The collaborative accommodation web platform “AirBnB” recently announced its introduction of a process for collection of visitors’ tax. The tax is to be collected on behalf of owners offering their accommodation for rental on the AirBnB website. The proceeds are then to be paid over to the relevant municipalities. The scheme will come into effect in Paris on 1 October and will be extended progressively to all French municipalities levying a visitors’ tax.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development welcomes the introduction of this new scheme. This is one of the main components of the reform of visitors’ tax adopted in 2014 and is the outcome of a consultative process conducted by the Ministry. The reform modernises visitors’ tax and protects the competitiveness of the French hotel industry, while at the same time ensuring greater equality of fiscal treatment between hotels and new accommodation offerings through the collection of visitors’ tax in future by on-line booking sites such as AirBnB.