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June 6, 2018

Airbnb reports it paid Maine $5M in 2017 taxes

Airbnb, the San Francisco-based online lodging service, said this week that it has paid $5.3 million in taxes on behalf of Maine's host community since its tax agreement with the state went into effect last year, several media outlets reported.

Maine Public reported that Andrew Kalloch, a public policy manager for Airbnb, said the company's tax collection program offers a seamless process for individuals and families who share their home to make ends meet while providing valuable revenue to the state.

"I think that what we're seeing is the continued growth and excitement for home sharing really throughout the state," he said. "Portland's our No. 1 market, that's not a surprise, but we're seeing people open their homes to guests up and down the shore and throughout the state."

Airbnb reported that 4,500 hosts across Maine welcomed 284,500 guests in 2017.

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