More new taxes: This time on Airbnb

Last week, Portland, Oregon’s city council voted to adopt an ordinance amendment to collect two new fees on short-term rentals in the city: a 2 percent fee on hosts who use booking agents to advertise or accept reservations, and a $4-per-night fee assessed on booking agents and transient lodging intermediaries “for the privilege of facilitating a short-term rental occupancy.” It is expected that guests will have to pay both fees.

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