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Destination B&A for Irish Airbnb hosts

Posted: September 07, 2015 Comment: 0 Read: 101 times
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Irish Airbnb hosts have been told that the global accommodation company has passed on their details to the Revenue Commissioners. Irish property owners who rent through the online service have been advised to examine their situation ahead of this October’s filing deadline.

Thousands of Irish property owners had registered with Airbnb, with many believing that annual earnings up to €12,000 were tax-free, under the Rent-a-Room scheme introduced in 2002.

But in February this year, Revenue issued a clarification stating that short-term lets to guests, including via “online accommodation sites”, were not included in the plan.

Confusion

Now Airbnb has told users it is legally obliged to give information on site use to Revenue. This includes Irish customers living overseas, and means they could face a tax bill stretching back to May 2014. The company has held a meeting in Dublin to address user concerns, but many families say they remain confused over their situation.

If you are an Irish Airbnb user who needs advice on where you stand, contact Brady & Associates, Chartered Tax Advisers, Accountants and Auditors based in Dublin City Centre. We’ll assess your situation for a €150 consultation fee, and if you choose us for your tax return, we’ll give you the €150 back.

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