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Airbnb urged to disclose the taxes its pays

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Airbnb urged to disclose the taxes its pays
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"Despite repeated public questioning, Airbnb is continuing to refuse to disclose the amount of tax it pays in Australia,” Munro said.

The chief executive of the Accommodation Association of Australia, Richard Munro, has called on Airbnb to disclose the amount of tax it pays in Australia.

Munro made the call in a submission to a government hearing into corporate tax avoidance in Australia.

"Despite repeated public questioning, Airbnb is continuing to refuse to disclose the amount of tax it pays in Australia,” Munro said.

"This is despite Airbnb saying it has more than 50,000 listings in Australia and each individual listing, on average, generates A$7100 (US$5100) of revenue on an annual basis.

"This means Airbnb is generating in excess of A$350 million (US$251) in Australia each year and it appears most of this is being funnelled back to a parent company which is based in Ireland.

"If this is true, these are hardly the actions of a good corporate citizen.”

Munro added, "Airbnb said at the hearing that it only takes three per cent of revenue per 'room', but on its website it states: 'we charge a 6-12 per cent guest service fee every time a reservation is booked'. 

"The accommodation industry is calling on Airbnb to clarify which figure is correct.

"It's disappointing that platforms like Airbnb appear to be avoiding paying tax in Australia and are, therefore, free-riding on the tourism industry,” Munro added.

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