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Airbnb is fac­ing a new chal­lenge in France af­ter leg­is­la­tion tight­en­ing tax laws on rental in­come was passed.

The new law makes it harder for its users to avoid tax on rental in­come as it re­quires the house- shar­ing start-up to send tax data to the French author­i­ties di­rectly, rather than leav­ing it up to the in­di­vid­u­als who are us­ing the site to de­clare it.

The tighter con­trols were in­tro­duced af­ter a ho­tel lob­by­ing group con­vinced the coun­try’s par­lia­ment to pass the law in an ef­fort to curb Airbnb’s growth in France.

This fol­lows leg­is­la­tion passed last year that makes it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for Airbnb hosts to rent out their prop­erty for more than four months a year or to rent out some­where that is not a pri­mary res­i­dence.

Founded in 2008, the com­pany is likely to face fur­ther chal­lenges in France as the ho­tel lob­by­ing group is seek­ing to im­pose fur­ther re­stric­tions on Airbnb rentals in­clud­ing an in­crease in so­cial se­cu­rity tax, VAT sales tax and a nightly tourist tax.

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