Sometimes, regulations require Hosts to charge a tax to guests. We recommend that Hosts include it in the price of the reservation, but some require it to be paid directly upon check-in instead.
Note taxes in the listing
We ask that Hosts explain any necessary taxes in their listing description and their communication with guests prior to booking. If you’re a guest and want to be on top of it, ask your Host about taxes ahead of time.
In some locations, Airbnb has made agreements with government officials to collect and remit certain local taxes on behalf of Hosts. The taxes vary and may include calculations based on a flat rate or percentage rate, number of guests, number of nights, or property type booked, depending on local law. When you book a listing in one of these locations, the local taxes collected will be displayed automatically when you pay, and they will appear on your receipt once your reservation is confirmed.
Value Added Tax (VAT)
Additionally, Airbnb is required to collect VAT or a VAT equivalent (ex: Japanese Consumption Tax) on its service fees in countries that tax Electronically Supplied Services. That includes all countries in the EU, Albania, the Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Uruguay. Airbnb is also required to collect VAT on its service fees from all users who contract with Airbnb China.