Lawmakers Considering Tax on Airbnbs

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Airbnb business could get more expensive in Indiana soon if state lawmakers decide operators need to be taxed.

Some local businesses argue that the rentals aren’t on a level playing field because bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels all pay sales and innkeepers fees. But Airbnb operators say that paying taxes could have a big impact on people who rent their homes and apartments and could make them decide not to do it anymore.

Visit Indy told RTV6 that Marion County would have received more than $1 million in the last year if Airbnb operators had been paying taxes.