airbnb Pays Back Taxes in San Francisco

Airbnb pays back taxes but the short-term rental debate is far from over

From the San Francisco Examiner, February 20, 2015

This week’s announcement that multibillion dollar short-term rental company Airbnb has paid its back taxes to The City set off a wave of statements from politicians on both sides of the debate. But while the company’s resolution of its 3-year-old tax bill has settled one of the most contentious issues — perhaps the one that most resonates with the voting public — other remaining concerns promise to keep the battle over short-term rentals alive.

Many of those concerns are being voiced by the group ShareBetter San Francisco, which, despite the back taxes being paid, says it plans to begin gathering signatures in April for a November ballot measure that would impose greater limits on rental days and improve enforcement.