David Ige

Hawaii legislative tourism leaders discuss vacation rentals

The chairmen of Hawaii's House and Senate tourism committees expect to meet in the upcoming week to resolve differences over vacation rental tax bills that have passed their respective chambers.

Both bills would enable websites like Airbnb to collect state taxes on behalf of people renting rooms and homes.

Short-term rental operators are already required to pay general excise taxes and transient accommodations taxes under current law. But supporters say the legislation could help the state collect $100 million in taxes that are not currently being paid.

The issue is contentious in part because so many vacation rentals operate in violation of county law. This is...

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