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City approves Airbnb tax agreement

The City of Nicholasville should soon begin to collect its hotel tax more consistently from Airbnb users.

Monday afternoon, the Nicholasville Board of Commissioners approved an order for the third-party renter host to collect the necessary taxes from renters to pay to the city.

City Attorney Darren Sammons said several communities have approved similar agreements, where Airbnb will collect the taxes from those who rent their homes out and pay them to the required governmental entities.

Sammons said the transient room tax has been difficult for the city to collect, because it is all conducted online.

“This agreement will allow us to start collecting some of those taxes,” he said.

The agreement calls for Airbnb, an online service for people who rent all or part of their homes to travelers, to collect the funds and pay them to the Jessamine County Fiscal Court, to be distributed as required.

According to the agreement, local hosts will not be obligated to collect or pay the taxes for bookings through Airbnb, though they can choose to register with the local jurisdiction to collect the taxes as well.

In other action Monday, the commission approved an agreement with the Jessamine County Health Department to provide flu and hepatitis A vaccines for city employees.

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