Maine’s Airbnb hosts paid $5.3 million in taxes last year

ELLSWORTH — Airbnb remitted $5.3 million in taxes on behalf of its Maine hosts last year, according to a June 5 press release from the company.

Those who book rooms through the home sharing service pay 9 percent of the listing fee (including cleaning services) to Airbnb, which then remits the money to the state. The company began automatically collecting taxes on behalf of its hosts in April 2017.

“Airbnb is an economic mobilizer for everyone, from families sharing their home to make ends meet, to the small businesses benefiting from more guests shopping and eating locally — and even to the state of Maine itself,” said Josh Meltzer, head of Northeast Public Policy for Airbnb, in the release.

A typical host in Maine makes $6,900 “for opening their doors approximately two days per month,” according to the release.

The 2017 median income for hosts in Bar Harbor was the highest in the state at $16,000, according to Airdna, a private company that analyzes data on Airbnb. Hosts in Ellsworth had a median income of $9,900. Portland had the third highest median income at $9,800.

Properties in Ellsworth brought in $1.9 million in revenue from the site in 2017, while properties in Bar Harbor grossed a total of $4.3 million. Revenue was up 78 percent in Ellsworth and 84 percent in Bar Harbor.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
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