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Income taxes are due April 15. Do you know when your vacation rental taxes are due?

Even if you don’t know much about taxes, you probably know this: United States federal income tax returns are due April 15. However, if you’re a short-term rental host, income tax is probably not the only tax return deadline you have to deal with. Most short-term rental operators are also required to collect lodging taxes from their guests, file tax returns, and pay the tax to authorities.

5 tips from online dating: Making the most of your short-term rental profile

It’s never been easier to find whatever it is you want online. Whether you’re shoe shopping, house hunting, or antiquing, there’s a website or an app for that. That also goes for finding a short-term vacation rental — and for finding a date. The best practices for each may have more in common than you think. In fact, there are plenty of lessons short-term rental hosts can learn from the best online dating profiles.

10 safety concerns to document when renting out your home

When potential guests consider whether to stay in your short-term rental, they probably aren’t thinking about whether the house has a clean chimney or the proper number of fire extinguishers. But as a host, it’s wise for you to think about the safety features of the space you’re offering up for rental. Not only do you want to ensure the safety of your guests, but you should also be thinking about protecting yourself from liability.

The basics of lodging taxes for property managers of short-term rentals

Managing short-term rentals is a lot of work — which is why short-term rental operators seek out property managers to take care of it for them in the first place. Among all the other tasks that property managers provide, handling taxes for their clients has become even more important in recent years. Not only are more state and local governments taxing short-term rentals, but they’re becoming more aggressive in enforcing tax regulations.

Software help for managing your Airbnb

Managing a successful short-term rental requires hosts to wear many hats — entrepreneur, concierge, accountant, tax expert, reservations agent, staff manager, designer, web master, and more. It’s a lot to take on, especially for short-term rental hosts with busy bookings or more than one property. Luckily, busy hosts can get technological help with many of the tasks associated with running a short-term rental. Here are some features to look for when considering short-term rental software.

How to respond to negative Airbnb reviews

No matter how great a short-term rental host you are, you’ll probably receive a bad review from a guest at some point. When you’re working hard to keep your guests happy, this can be a real blow, especially if you feel the criticism is unwarranted. But it’s important for you to keep the bigger picture in mind. You may not be able to change the review, but you can control how you respond to it. A negative review actually offers an opportunity for you to demonstrate how great a host you really are.

Cities turning to technology to enforce Airbnb rules

The regulation of short-term rentals is a hot topic in cities across the United States. As the popularity of online short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway has grown, conflicts have increased as well — with disgruntled neighbors objecting to vacation party houses, the hotel industry seeking a level playing field, and cities looking to reap tax revenues. Operating a short-term rental business was once as simple as putting up a listing online. Now, an increasing number of c

Understanding how Airbnb tax collection happens (or doesn’t)

Operating a short-term vacation rental means, in many places, that you also need to collect tax on the cost of that rental and pass it on to tax authorities — just like hotels do. With the rapid growth of the short-term rental industry over the past 10 years, governments are realizing the revenue potential in this area and increasingly looking for ways to make sure they capture as much of that tax money as they can.

The simmering battle over short-term rentals

The short-term rental industry is booming, with no end in sight. Annual revenue from short-term vacation rentals in the United States is projected to reach nearly $18 billion in 2018; that is forecast to rise to $23 billion by 2022. The growth of this industry happened quickly; Airbnb, the major player in the short-term rental space, was founded only 10 years ago. This rapid growth has caught many communities unawares. As governments struggle with how to regulate short-term rentals, short-term rental operators, rental platforms, neighborhood activists, tourism promoters, the hospitality industry, and others chime in with their perspectives. The issue is a complex one, with many different arguments for and against stronger regulation of short-term rentals. Here are some of the commonly raised points as the debate on short-term rental markets plays out in communities across the country.

HomeAway, VRBO to collect taxes on bookings in Arizona, Iowa, and Kansas beginning January 1

HomeAway and VRBO will start collecting lodging tax for its hosts in Arizona, Iowa, and Kansas on January 1. In Arizona, HomeAway and VRBO (which is owned by HomeAway) will begin collecting state transaction privilege tax, county excise tax, and local transient occupancy taxes on behalf of hosts for all bookings as of January 1. Arizona passed a law earlier this year requiring all short-term rental online platforms to collect and remit state and local taxes on short-term rentals. Airbnb alread

Ballot measure banning most short-term rentals in South Lake Tahoe passes

A ballot measure that will ban most short-term rentals in South Lake Tahoe, California, has officially passed by 58 votes, according to the El Dorado County Elections Department. The measure received 50.42 percent of the vote. Measure T applies to properties rented for 30 days or fewer outside the city’s tourist core. Currently, approximately 400 short-term rentals are located within the tourist core, and about 1,400 located in residential areas will be affected by the ban. The measure phases
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