Airbnb – the tax position in Ireland
IRELAND: Be warned, Airbnb are legally obliged to give details of hosts income to the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland.
Airbnb had stated that income from renting rooms was NOT taxable under the “rent a room” tax relief scheme
The Irish Revenue’s position is that the “rent a room” relief scheme is not open to Airbnb hosts and relief is only available for people who let out a room on a permanent or semi-permanent residential basis, perhaps to a single person or student for six or nine months.
The B&B Owners Association (previously B&B Network) has never been asked by the Revenue to provide information on the income of it’s members.
Our advice stay well clear – Airbnb has gained a certain reputation in the countries it operates often with a disregard for established B&B businesses and the local regulations.