Airbnb and City of Louisville Reach Tax Collection Agreement

Airbnb and City of Louisville Reach Tax Collection Agreement

A press release was sent out by the City of Louisville this morning announcing they have reached an agreement with Airbnb to collect and remit the 8.5% hospitality/bed tax on every guest reservation made through Airbnb. Under Airbnb’s current agreement with the state, taxes are added to reservations at checkout and paid by the guest. Airbnb remits to the State on the host’s behalf. 
The agreement with the City is expected to go into effect April 1st. Additional details will be made available as they are known. It is advised that everyone continue with current tax collection and remittance practice until further notified. And remember, this applies only to Airbnb reservations. No agreements are in place with other platforms (VRBO, Expedia, etc.) or direct placement guests. 
Here is the full release form the City of Louisville: 

Louisville Metro and Airbnb announced today the finalization of an agreement that will allow the company to collect and remit taxes on behalf of its hosts in Louisville and Jefferson County. Effective April 1, Airbnb will automatically collect and remit the Louisville Transient Room Tax (8.5%) for taxable bookings. The agreement allows Louisville to fully benefit from people visiting and staying longer through home sharing.

Collecting and remitting hotel taxes can be complicated, as the rules were designed for traditional hospitality providers and large hotel corporations with teams of lawyers and accountants.

That’s why Airbnb has begun partnering with governments throughout the world to collect and remit taxes, making the process seamless and easy for hosts to pay their fair share while contributing new revenue for local governments. These agreements are particularly impactful for a city like Louisville, where some homeowners may only be hosting visitors during a handful of large events such as the Kentucky Derby, and therefore are less likely to be aware of the applicable taxes associated with short-term rentals.

“I am delighted to see that the city has settled on an agreement with Airbnb. We have leisure and convention travelers requesting the option of an Airbnb. We have a growing number of Airbnb Hosts in Louisville – this will put them on the same playing field as our other accommodations in paying the transient room tax,” said Karen Williams, President & CEO of the Louisville Convention Bureau.

“We are always looking for opportunities to better serve taxpayers,” said Louisville Metro Revenue Commission Director Angela Dunn. “This agreement advances that goal by streamlining the local tax process for hosts.”

This marks Airbnb’s third tax agreement in Kentucky. In September 2017, the company announced a statewide tax agreement with the Kentucky Department of Revenue that authorized the company to collect and remit the state sales tax on all Kentucky Airbnb bookings (including in Louisville Metro). And earlier this year, Airbnb and Lexington announced an agreement authorizing Airbnb to collect and remit Lexington’s local room tax.

“We believe this agreement will unlock significant new revenue for Louisville Convention Bureau moving forward, and we’re so thrilled to have finalized it well prior to the Derby,” said Laura Spanjian, policy director for Airbnb. “With clear, fair rules to regulate home sharing and now a tax agreement to bring in new revenue, Louisville has emerged as a national model for how cities can capitalize from the sharing economy.”

The agreement comes at a time of dynamic home sharing growth in the Greater Louisville area. In 2017, Louisville-area Airbnb hosts earned $10 million in supplemental income while welcoming over 78,000 guest arrivals to the city.

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Downtown Louisville – What To Do

Downtown Louisville – What To Do

Downtown Louisville Things to do.

A comprehensive list of things to do and see in Downtown Louisville Kentucky.

Whether you are in Louisville for work or leisure, 24-hours or one week, we can help you make the most of your time and have a great experience!

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Bold Listing = Locally Owned
P – Great patio
B – Open for breakfast/brunch

Birracibo (L,P) – Italian
4th St. Live
(502) 915-8113
445 S 4th St, 40202
Half-price Wine Wednesdays
Mon – Sat: 11 AM – Close
Sun: 4 PM – Close

Bourbon Raw (B,L)
4th St. Live
(502) 568-9009
446 S 4th St, 40202
Mon – Thu: 11 AM – 11 PM
Fri – Sat: 11 AM – 1 PM
Sun: 11 AM – 11 PM – $2 Bloodys and Mimosas

Brazerios Brazilian Steakhouse (L)
4th St. Live
(502) 290-8220
450 S 4th St, 40202
Lunch: Tue – Sun: 11:30 AM – 2 PM
Mon – Sat: 5 PM – 10 PM
Sun: 3 PM – 9 PM

Brendan’s Catch 23 $$$ (Seafood)
Try the warm crab in butter appetizer
(502) 909-3323
505 S 4th St, 40202

Gordon Biersch (P)
4th St. Live

Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse (P)
4th St. Live
(Try the grilled Okra)

Hard Rock Café
4th St. Live

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse $$$$

Manny and Mearle’s $$ (American food)
(Try the tacos)

Milkwood (An Edward Lee Restaurant)
Below Actors Theater

Morton’s Steakhouse $$$$

Proof on Main $$$

Mussel and Burger Bar $$

The Fudgery
4th St. Live
(Try the milkshakes)

Wild Eggs $$ – (B) Great for Brunch!

Wiskey Dry by Ed Lee $$
4th St. Live

Just outside downtown…and worth the drive

610 Magnolia ($$$$) – Fine Dining
James Beard Award Winning Chef – Reservations Required
(502) 636-0783
610 W Magnolia Ave, 40208
Wed – Sat: 6 PM – 9 PM
CLOSED Sun – Tues

Bar Vetti – Italian
Reservations Suggested. Hospitality Included (no tipping)
(502) 883-3331
800 S 4th St, 40203
Breakfast: Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 11 AM
Lunch: Mon – Fri: 11 AM – 2 PM
Dinner: Mon – Thurs: 5 PM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat: 5 PM – 11 PM


A Taste of Kentucky

Block Party Handmade Boutique

Craft{s} Gallery

Duluth Trading Company

KMAC Gift Shop


Just outside of downtown…and worth the drive

Butchertown Market

Blofish Unisex Clothing


21C Museum Hotel – FREE
(Contemporary Art Exhibits)

Angels Envy Distillery

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
(Bourbon Experience)

Farmers Market at Fourth St Live
Wednesdays, May – October, 11 AM – 2 PM
(Free Parking in the 4th St Live Garage –
on 5th between Muhammad Ali and Jefferson St)

Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse
(Bourbon Experience)
4th St Live

Louisville Science Center and IMAX
(Science Center – Family Friendly)

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
(Daily Tours – Family Friendly)

Just outside of downtown…and worth the drive

Speed Art Museum – $8 – $12 – FREE on Sundays
(502) 634-2700
2035 S 3rd St, 40208
Wed – Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM; Sun: 12 PM – 5 PM
CLOSED: Mon – Tues
FREE ON SUNDAYS (thru March 2021)

Nightlife, Activities, and Bars

Howl at the Moon
(Dualing Piano Bar)
4th St Live

Mercury Ballroom
(Music Event Venue)
2 Blocks South of 4th St. Live

Sports and Social Club
4th St Live

Tavern on Fourth (Table Games and Sports Bar)
4th St Live

The Palace Theater
(Venue for National Touring Acts)

Just outside of downtown…and worth the drive

Play Louisville
(Gay Bar/Drag Shows/Dance floor)

Groceries and Convenient Stores

(1 Block South of 4th St Live)

Falls City Market – Full gourmet grocery
Omni Hotel

Salon, Spa, and Grooming

Beards and Beers
Men’s Salon and Facial services

Mokara Salon and Spa at the Omni
Omni Hotel – 3rd Floor

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