Palm Beach Sues AirBnb, Couchsurfing, Others Over Bed Tax

Law360, New York (January 15, 2014, 5:52 PM EST) -- The tax collector for Palm Beach County, Fla., launched a lawsuit Monday against four online travel companies that facilitate the renting of private residences, claiming they failed to register with the state and collect bed taxes on all bookings.

In a suit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon claimed AirBnB Inc., Homeaway Inc., Tripadvisor LLC and Couchsurfing International Inc. are dealers of private short-term rental property that are required to pay a 5 percent tax on all bookings of less than six months.

“[The online travel companies] operate one or more websites through which consumers...

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