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EDITORIAL: Taxing Airbnb

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It is, on the surface, a no-brainer.

If Business A has to pay a tax, then Business B, carrying out the same business in the same town, should have to pay it, too.

That’s just basic fairness.

It’s a discussion we’re likely to hear more about, as provincial government working groups look at how to regulate and tax the growing Airbnb short-term rental business.

There are already rules about sales taxes.

Take HST — most provinces require that, if you are renting your property as a shorter-term rental of 30 days or fewer (and you’ve made above $30,000 a year from the process), you have to register for, charge and remit HST. (That’s pretty much the same HST rules that apply to........

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