Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100: Airbnb Taxes

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AIRBNB TAXES. While $440,000 in Orange County taxes paid by Airbnb is not necessarily a princely sum, it’s a start. Technology plays that fundamentally leverage massively scalable voluntary resources — sometimes referred to as private citizens — within the economic order may clearly be disruptive; they do also produce tax revenue if treated as legitimate services. The world found that to be true with Uber, and Airbnb is probably not all that far behind. The tax revenue paid to Orange County may be small, but it is sufficient to validate a simple three-part method in reviewing technology upstarts: Evaluate, regulate and tax. It seems to be far better than attempting to fight them.


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