Just a little discouraged by this issue…
For the last two years, I have used the Option 2 that Allison_H describes. And she’s right - it’s basically coming out of my pocket because potential guests make comparisons of the “room rate” and make their decisions based on that. When the final tally includes separate amount for Lodging Tax, guests accept it because that’s the way it is - they’re going to pay that no matter where they stay. So if I try to “add it on to my room rate”, I’m potentially overpricing relative to the competition and losing bookings. 13% Lodging Tax in my case and it’s no small deal (and don’t forget the Airbnb %age I have to pay on the markup!)
So the frustrating part is Section 13.4 of the new Terms of Service (to be effective 3/27/2019) that discusses what Airbnb calls “Pass-Through Tax Feature”. That would be a new feature for Airbnb where they would add on a Lodging Tax amount that we, the hosts, would specify. It would show up as a separate charge on the guest’s tally (“Lodging Tax” or “Occupancy Tax”) and Airbnb would then pass that mount on to me so I could remit to the local government. Sounds great, right?
So I wrote to Airbnb “Customer Service” (putting that in quotes on purpose) asking how and when I could sign up. They responded with “At this time, the Pass-thru feature is not available to hosts in your area. Though we are unable to interpret the Terms of Service, I can note that there may be a feature where Airbnb will collect local taxes and pay them out to hosts directly rather than to tax authorities.”
"Though we are unable to interpret the Terms of Service"??? Airbnb can’t interpret its own Terms of Service??? They describe a feature in their own Terms of Service and then say they don’t know if or when the feature will be available because they don’t know how to interpret their own Terms of Service!!!
So I’m discouraged. About a feature that VRBO has provided for a long time. And Airbnb can’t seem to get a handle on.