Airbnb will automatically collect and remit tourist tax in Florence as a reservation is made from January 1st 2018. Tourist tax paid to the Florence City Council applies to all non-city residents visiting Florence and therefore applies to those who choose to experience the city on Airbnb.
Following a year-long negotiation between Airbnb and the Budget and Mayor’s office, Florence joins the likes of Genoa and Bologna to collect tourist tax via the Airbnb platform.
We are among the first Italian cities in Italy, and among the ones with the highest tourist tax revenue, to reach this agreement that not only simplifies the collection and remittance of tax for short-term rental property owners, but also represents a milestone in order to avoid tax evasion. The collaboration initiated with Airbnb is a key one that we would like to extend to other online platforms featuring short-term rentals: we encourage them to do likewise.
This is an excerpt from an article originally published by Airbnb Citizen Italy.