State to collect taxes on online lodging rentals

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Revenue will begin collecting Mississippi sales taxes and local tourism taxes on short-term lodging rentals made through such companies as Airbnb.

Kathy Waterbury a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, confirmed Monday via email that a new regulation, which will be final Sept. 28, will tax short-term lodging rentals, such as homes, apartments or even rooms in homes the same as the state taxes hotels and motels.

Waterbury said, the purpose of the new regulation “was to reflect changes in the hotel/motel industry and to make clear to interested parties that these type businesses meet the definition of a hotel as provided” in Mississippi law, which places the tax on the gross sales of hotels/motels.

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