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.