Sup­port for Airbnb bill

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMENTARY -

I am writ­ing in sup­port of Se­nate Bill 704, which would ex­pe­dite the pay­ment of state taxes by Airbnb and other rental plat­forms for va­ca­tion rentals.

My part­ner and I have owned two va­ca­tion rentals in Puna for the past three years and we deeply ap­pre­ci­ate this work. This is a win-win sit­u­a­tion. Tourists love the per­sonal and in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence of stay­ing in our homes and what makes hav­ing a va­ca­tion in Hawaii dis­tinc­tive. Fur­ther­more, this pro­vides an in­come for us and for our com­mu­nity.

As it is cur­rently writ­ten, House Bill 1471 would be dif­fi­cult to en­force and po­ten­tially vi­o­lates fed­eral law. Law­mak­ers should move to pass sim­ple, com­mon­sense leg­is­la­tion such as SB 704 that would bring in as much as $100 mil­lion per year in much-needed rev­enue for Hawaii.

There are mil­lions of dol­lars of taxes go­ing un­col­lected. With the state fac­ing a ma­jor bud­get short­fall, Hawaii and its cit­i­zens would ben­e­fit from a bill that brings im­me­di­ate fi­nan­cial re­lief to the state. Robert Golden

Pa­hoa

“Valor with Honor” not only records the deeds and emo­tions of the veterans of the 442nd, but high­lights the dif­fi­cult strug­gle of the brave ni­sei on and off the bat­tle­field.

“Valor” is avail­able as a down­load or can be rented for online screen­ings on Vimeo. Visit www.val­or­with­honor. com for details and re­view the his­tor­i­cal time­line for eas­ier view­ing. Burt Takeuchi To­rasan Films San Jose, Calif.

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