Tax Collector Gannon reminds property owners to file and remit Tourist Development Tax using her agency’s website

Recent Airbnb email provides misinformation to Palm Beach County taxpayers

WEST PALM BEACH — On Jan. 20, Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon reminded property owners who offer accommodations for short term rental (six months or less) to continue filing and paying Tourist Development Tax (TDT) each month using her agency’s website. Gannon issued the reminder after Airbnb sent an email to clients telling them a voluntary collection agreement had been reached with the Palm Beach County Tax Collector. Tax Collector Gannon says an agreement has not been reached.

The email from Airbnb states:

“Airbnb has entered into a voluntary collection agreement with the local tax collector in Palm Beach County. We will be filing one tax return per jurisdiction, with the total combined reservation revenue. This means that all hosts located in your area will be represented by one remitted amount, and we will not be providing your personal information on the return.”

“I have not reached an agreement with Airbnb, HomeAway or any other third-party hosting platform,” said Gannon. “I want to make sure Palm Beach County property owners who offer accommodations for short term rental continue to file their TDT returns and remit payment online using my agency’s website.”

December TDT returns and payments are due Jan. 22, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. EST. TDT clients should file returns and remit payment using the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s online portal at www.pbctax.com/tdt.

Tax Collector Gannon believes one tax return with one remitted amount without any identifying information is not in the best interest of property owners because it does not allow her agency to treat taxpayers equally and fairly. This type of arrangement does not allow Tax Collector Gannon to determine who has paid TDT and who has not. She cannot properly post payments acknowledging an individual property owner has met their obligation and paid the correct TDT amount on time. It also removes her ability to fairly apply penalties to those who are delinquent.

If an agreement with Airbnb or any other third-party hosting platform is reached, Tax Collector Gannon will issue a formal statement informing the public of the agreement. She will include clear instructions to help property owners understand their tax obligations and the terms of the agreement.

Property owners should visit www.pbctax.com/tdt for more information. They can also contact our TDT Hotline at 561-355-3547 Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. to speak with a TDT client service specialist or email their questions to ClientAdvocate@taxcollectorpbc.com.

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