My name is Dany Papineau and an Airbnb Host from Quebec, Canada.
I have just written a blog article entitled “7 Secrets showing why our Government has to tax Uber & Airbnb (not its Drivers & Hosts)” and I think many Airbnb Hosts around the world have a lot to learn from my story.
In February 2015, I made it known that I had generated more than $200,000 on Airbnb. With this experience I’ve created a course, AirbnbSecrets.com, where for a nominal fee I offer tips and share my Airbnb knowledge with users of this platform.
Having always declared all of my Airbnb income, I never feared making such a public statement. Having already paid all taxes on my Airbnb revenue I did not expect the Quebec government to visit with a non-payment of “hotel & sales taxes” bill.
In Quebec, these taxes represent approximately 19% of all transactions on Airbnb, while on a web platform like Uber, is 15%
Even though both Uber and Airbnb collect all payments from their clients which they keep secure in tax-free havens, they still have not made an agreement with our government to collect any income or sales tax. Therefor the government is currently holding the user (Uber Driver or Airbnb Host) responsible for paying Uber and Airbnb’s applicable sales tax.
This means that even though I’ve submitted proof that the tax collection responsibility belongs to Airbnb, not to Hosts like me, I am still 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.
This situation affects thousands of Airbnb Hosts across our country. There are many grey areas in this fiscal matter and although I have spoken with the highest ranking employees at Airbnb to ask for legal support, they have suggested I hire my own lawyer.
Lawyer’s fees are currently estimated at $50,000
There are more than 5000 Airbnb Hosts and 8000 Uber drivers in Quebec alone affected by this case. These numbers show that there are thousands of Canadians facing, or are soon to face, the exact same tax issue I am burdened with today.
I am contesting this tax bill and I am launching a crowdfunding campaign to help fund my legal battle. This fiscal debate will benefit tens of thousands of Canadian Airbnb Hosts for years to come. – Click here to contribute –
I would like to thank you for contributing to this cause and I invite you to share this campaign and blog post with our fellow Airbnb Hosts that could be affected directly or indirectly by this issue.