- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Travelers who stay at San Jose homes rented out via the website Airbnb will soon pay the same taxes they would if they stayed at hotels.

The Mercury News reports (https://bit.ly/1D9YNfE ) the San Jose City Council voted 7-3 Tuesday to enforce a 10 percent tax on anyone who stays in a strangers’ home through Airbnb. That’s the same charge already levied against rooms booked at traditional hotels.

The vote also legalizes the home-sharing service after it had been technically prohibited.

Mayor Chuck Reed supported the measure, saying the city should be generating some revenue from the new sharing economy.

The newspaper says Airbnb has consented to the tax, saying it wants fair regulations in place.

San Jose follows San Francisco and Portland in enforcing the nation’s first Airbnb taxes- and other cities are primed to follow suit.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com


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