Support for Airbnb bill
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
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