Services like Airbnb Target of Revisions to Hotel Tax; Golfers and Fans Who Use Airbnb to Book a "Lovely Colonial" Four-Bedroom Home within Walking Distance of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Could Be among the First to Pay the County's Hotel Tax under New Rules Introduced Tuesday. [Derived Headline]

By Aupperlee, Aaron | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 16, 2016 | Go to article overview

Services like Airbnb Target of Revisions to Hotel Tax; Golfers and Fans Who Use Airbnb to Book a "Lovely Colonial" Four-Bedroom Home within Walking Distance of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Could Be among the First to Pay the County's Hotel Tax under New Rules Introduced Tuesday. [Derived Headline]


Aupperlee, Aaron, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Golfers and fans who use Airbnb to book a "lovely colonial" four- bedroom home within walking distance of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club could be among the first to pay the county's hotel tax under new rules introduced Tuesday.

Allegheny County Treasurer's Office officials said they want to strengthen the county's hotel tax law to make sure short-term rental companies such as Airbnb, and the people using them, are paying the appropriate taxes.

"Not all of the folks that are renting the rooms in their houses are following the law and collecting and paying the tax to the county," said Michael McCabe, an attorney at Goehring Rutter & Boehm, the Downtown firm that handles tax cases for the treasurer's office.

McCabe said the treasurer's office hopes the new regulations will be in place to collect taxes on places rented for the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in June. Houses within walking distance of the course are listed on Airbnb for up to $3,000 a night.

Allegheny County imposes a 7 percent tax on hotel rooms. The law as-is requires people who use Airbnb and other services to pay the tax, but enforcement is difficult, McCabe said.

The hotel tax generated nearly $32 million in revenue in 2014.

County Treasurer John Weinstein submitted changes to the law to Allegheny County Council on Tuesday. Council President John DeFazio, D-Shaler, put the bill into the Budget and Finance Committee for review. The bill was co-sponsored by DeFazio and six other Democrats. The measure would require a majority of eight votes to pass council.

Weinstein's changes to the 1977 tax allow booking agents -- Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and other internet-based companies -- to collect the tax and pay it to the county.

The changes ask that the companies give the county a list of properties listed for rent and their owners.

McCabe said the treasurer's office modeled the changes on legislation passed last summer in Philadelphia before Pope Francis visited in September. The Philadelphia City Council worked with Airbnb to craft the legislation, McCabe said.

"Airbnb is working with cities across the country and around the world to help collect and remit taxes on behalf of our hosts and guests, and we are eager to work with policymakers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to ensure our community can pay their fair share," Airbnb spokesman Christopher Nulty said in an email.

Nulty said Airbnb is collecting and remitting hotel taxes in more than two dozen cities in the United States and in Rhode Island, North Carolina, Oregon and Florida. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Services like Airbnb Target of Revisions to Hotel Tax; Golfers and Fans Who Use Airbnb to Book a "Lovely Colonial" Four-Bedroom Home within Walking Distance of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Could Be among the First to Pay the County's Hotel Tax under New Rules Introduced Tuesday. [Derived Headline]
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.