State reaches tax deal with Airbnb

Effective July 1, Airbnb, a community-driven hospitality company, will automatically collect and remit taxes to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue on all Airbnb bookings.

The agreement comes on the heels of a tax deal with the City of Madison that took effect May 1 allowing Airbnb to collect and remit the Madison transient occupancy tax. The statewide agreement allows Airbnb to collect and remit occupancy taxes on behalf of its Wisconsin hosts and pertains to state sales tax, county sales and use tax, baseball stadium district tax (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha counties), local exposition taxes (Milwaukee), and premier resort area taxes (applies only to Rhinelander, Stockholm, Eagle River, Bayfield, Wisconsin Dells, and Lake Delton).

According to a release, there are currently 3,300 active Airbnb hosts throughout the state.