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Days rented data available from airbnb?

#1

Some day I’ll just be sitting back watching all the questions from the newbies flow by…but for now I’m the one asking them…

It looks like an important piece of data, tax wise, will be how many days the room was rented out during the year. I don’t see that info anywhere on my airbnb account - is it available? Do they provide it with the 1099? Or do I have to review my calendar and count each day…

Thanks as always!

#3

Go to the Accounts menu when logged in, look at the menu on the left, and select Transaction History. Then click on the Gross Earnings tab to the right. This will provide you with a tidy report showing you every reservation for the year, including the dates and amounts earned. It’s probably the easiest way to see the number of dates your room was rented for the year.

Generally if the number is 15 nights or more for the year, you have to report the income to the IRS.

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#4

Hi Billy Bob

It helps to work out the percentage of things such as electricity and water can be claimed.

Shanghai

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#6

Back up a bit, Billy-Bob, and put down the rest of your stones. I was just asking if the data was there…

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#7

From IRS Publication #572 "Any day that the unit is available for rent but not actually rented is not a day of rental use. "

#11

Sorry - 527

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#12

I actually just add the number of days information on my spreadsheet. I keep the guests information, dates, email address (yes, I ask for their personal one), flight information, amount of guests, country, payout amount and notes on each guests.

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#13

I rented out a spare bedroom in my home for 61 nights in 2015, and I’m trying to figure out the prorating of expenses. The spare bedroom was used periodically for hosting family/friend guests, but was not otherwise used for an office or other home purposes.

I’m confused about this statement in the recent Airbnb informal tax advice (http://assets.airbnb.com/eyguidance/us.pdf): “You may deduct expenses on your rental property during a period in which it is not being rented as long as it is actively being held out for rent. This applies to a period between rentals, as well as to the period during which a property is being marketed as a rental property for the first time. The IRS can disallow these deductions if you are unable to show you were actively seeking a profit and had a reasonable expectation of achieving one. The deduction cannot be disallowed just because your property is difficult to rent.” (page 11)
This seems to contradict the statement from IRS Publication #572, "Any day that the unit is available for rent but not actually rented is not a day of rental use. "

If I use the latter statement, I can only count days in which my spare bedroom was actually rented (61 days). If I use the former, it seems I could use the days in which my spare bedroom was actually rented (61 days) AND the days when it was listed as “available” for rent on Airbnb (somewhere around 250 days). These are two pretty different numbers, resulting in very different percentage amounts for prorating expenses.

Can someone help clarify the difference? I realize that ultimately I will want to check with a tax professional – but I’m curious about what I’m missing when reading the IRS publications and trying to apply them to Airbnb renting within my home.

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