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Airbnb to begin collecting taxes in South Carolina

Staff report

Airbnb, travel hospitality company, announced Wednesday it will begin to collect and remit hotel and tourist taxes on behalf of hosts and guests in South Carolina. South Carolina joins a growing number of states – including Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Oregon – and more than 150 municipalities globally where Airbnb is voluntarily collecting and remitting taxes on behalf of hosts and guests.

“For thousands of South Carolinians, Airbnb is making it possible to make ends meet, pay the bills and stay in their homes,” said Jillian Irvin, Regional Director of Public Policy. “Thanks to the leadership of South Carolina officials, our community can now contribute millions to their communities in tax dollars annually and continue to bring new revenue and visitors to hundreds of South Carolina local businesses.”

The Airbnb community in South Carolina has grown tremendously over the last few years. Overall, South Carolina has 4,000 listings with the typical host earning nearly $6,000 per year. The typical listing is booked 42 nights per year, according to the company.

From April 1, 2015, to March 2016, 101,000 people visited South Carolina via Airbnb – representing 170 percent growth year-over-year – and stayed for an average of 3.3 nights. Over the same time period, 81,000 South Carolinians traveled somewhere around the globe via Airbnb.

“Often among the top U.S. tourist destinations, South Carolina’s unique brand of southern hospitality is bringing millions of guests to the state each year, and this agreement will provide significant benefits to the state,” Irvin said. “We are proud the Airbnb is making it possible for visitors to see South Carolina through the eyes of a local while helping families across the state make ends meet.”

Airbnb and South Carolina at A Glance*

# of active listings

Avg yearly earnings, per listing

Avg nights, per listing

South Carolina

4,000

$5,900

42

Charleston

735

$9,800

59

Columbia

94

$2,600

52

*Note: Defined as total number of active listings, average host earnings per year, and nights hosted per year for a typical listing.

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