31 May 2018

'Mixed feelings' among Airbnb hosts over tax

From Morning Report, 8:18 am on 31 May 2018

Airbnb says its hosts are happy to pay the new tax proposed by Auckland Council - but the hosts themselves say it could force some of them out of the sector. This comes after a Deloitte report showed that Airbnb guests pumped an estimated $660 million into the country's economy last year. In its budget which is being voted on today, Auckland Council is planning to tax homes and apartments rented out for more than six months a year up to $7,200. Airbnb's head of policy in Australia and New Zealand, Brent Thomas, speaks to Philippa Tolley.