I live in Virginia where we pay personal property taxes on our cars annually. Apparently businesses in the county I live in also have to pay tax on any personal property items that are used in your business. Since I registered with my town to legally rent our home out, the country now considers me a business owner. They sent me a business registration form a few days, and apparently they want me to list every item used in my “business” and what it’s assessed value is, then I am supposed to pay tax on the total of all that. I called them yesterday to confirm all this. She said I should list the beds, furniture, appliances, linens, TV, computer (that my guests don’t use but that I use to create my airbnb listing), etc, etc. This sounds absurd to me. Especially considering that we only rent our house out for about 10 days out of the year.
Does anybody else have to do this, ie. pay a personal property tax on all items in your house, in addition to the lodging tax you pay to your local government? I have no problem paying the lodging tax to my town. But this personal property tax for airbnb hosts seems crazy to me.