Do I have to Charge Hotel Tax on my AirBnB (in BC and Alberta)?

By | September 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Many business owners are investing in real estate and with AirBnB the ability to make a return on providing short-term rental accommodation is easier than it ever was before. The questions I get is do I have to charge hotel tax on my AirBnB rental? The answer is different depending on where you are. In this article we will specifically address BC and Alberta. British Columbia What was previously called "Hotel Tax" is now administered by the Ministry of Finance under PST. The rate of PST for accommodations is 8%.  Owner's of short term rental units (including AirBnB's) are only required [...]

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Airbnb: Impacts on the Tourist Economy

By | May 31st, 2017|Technology|

I was recently standing in line and the two individuals (who did not appear to know each other) were discussing Airbnb. The one individual had made a positive comment about one she had used on a recent trip. The other retorted (rather harshly) that they were making local hotels suffer here and impacting the tax base. She thought they should all be shut down. The individual who had been scolded looked like they wanted to say more but just shrugged and turned away. I stayed quiet through the exchange but it had made me thoughtful of the effect of technology. Something [...]

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