Hamilton County mulls taxing Airbnb, short-term rental housing
Hamilton County is considering taxing short-term rental properties, those commonly listed on websites like Airbnb and VRBO, as if they are hotels at the county’s 6.5% transient occupancy tax.
For units inside the city of Cincinnati, owners’ tax bill would nearly double because the city currently charges a 7% rate on the cost of stays. The total tax rate inside the city would be 13.5%.
At a combined 18.3%, the tax rate on hotels inside the city of Cincinnati is one of the highest in the nation. It is composed of a 4% city hotel tax, a 6.5% county hotel tax and a combined county-state sales tax rate of 7.8%.
Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland have short-term rental taxes, as do Athens, Cuyahoga, Erie, Hocking and Warren counties, according to Hamilton County.
“I do think in general … this makes sense because the short-term rentals are providing the same service as a hotel would and we are taxing the hotels,” said Commissioner Denise Driehaus.
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