Madera County and Airbnb — a short-term rental website and smartphone app — have finalized a voluntary tax collection agreement, which county supervisors approved in August.
Beginning Oct. 1, Airbnb will bill the area’s rural Transient Occupancy Taxes of 9 percent and Tourism Business Improvement District taxes of 2 percent in unincorporated areas of Madera County.
“We are thrilled to partner with the county on collecting taxes because these are valuable dollars for the community and it simplifies the process for our hosts and guests, allowing everyone to focus on what matters, enjoying the travel experience," said Marisa Moret, Airbnb public policy manager.
With this new agreement, Madera County joins a list of more than 310 jurisdictions globally where Airbnb has collected and remitted more than $300 million in hotel and tourist taxes.
“The revenues collected through the TOT and TBID collection process fund important County services, such as law enforcement and additional marketing is also provided by the local visitors bureau from the TBID revenues,” said Tracy Kennedy, Madera County treasurer-tax collector.
A typical host in Madera County earns $9,700 a year sharing his or her home, according to the company. Airbnb handled temporary lodgings for 49,000 Madera County guests in 2016.