This is a question from Europe (Germany), but hosts in other parts of the world are invited to share their experiences.
Airbnb is really making headway in Germany. I’ve been renting out rooms in my apartment for more than 5 years now, and I regularly get newbie guests, i.e. those that never used Airbnb before. The market is really getting mature now.
For some reason, not all Airbnb hosts seem to be very keen on stating the Airbnb income, in their tax returns. Therefore, the German Ministry of Finance seems to have sent an official request to Airbnb Europe (located in Ireland) for Airbnb to provide the names and full addresses of German hosts, in order to check that all of them duly declared their Airbnb earnings in the annual tax return.
I am not a lawyer, and I don’t know if Airbnb will comply with this request. However, I believe it is fair that all Airbnb hosts are treated equally, and tax dodgers are caught.