Airbnb collects all payments from the Guests which they keep secure in tax-free havens. At the moment of writing these lines, they still have not made an agreement with our government to pay any income or sales taxes in Canada. The government is therefore holding the Airbnb Host responsible for paying Airbnb’s applicable sales tax.
In Quebec, these taxes represent approximately 19% of all transactions on Airbnb. Even if I’ve submitted proof that tax collection responsibility belongs to Airbnb, not to Hosts like me, I have been forced to make arrangements with my government to pay a back-tax bill of more than $62,000 for my transactions between 2013 and 2015.
There are about 10 000 Airbnb Hosts in Quebec alone affected by this case. These numbers show that there are tens of thousands of Canadians facing, or are soon to face, the exact same tax issue I am burdened with today.
For these reasons, I am contesting this tax bill and I invite you read and share my blog post “7 Secrets learned from my $62,000 Airbnb tax bill” to have a better grasp on what this taxation problem is all about.