Puerto Vallarta applies pressure to collect lodging tax from Airbnb rentals
Puerto Vallarta would generate $33.2 million pesos if the internet application Airbnb would impose the 3% lodging tax required by law.
Deputy Juan Carlos Anguiano presented the bill on the lodging tax of 3%, which will be analyzed at the congress of Jalisco this Thursday.
The Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to the country’s Caribbean destinations like Cancun and Tulum, entered an agreement with the online home sharing and rental website last month to collect taxes from reservations in that state.
The legislator, president of the congressional tourism commission, said, “in the municipality of Puerto Vallarta, the tax revenue generated would be approximately $33.2 million pesos, which would represent 30% of the annual income obtained by the Fideicomiso de Tourism of Puerto Vallarta in the year 2016”.
The aim of this initiative is “to establish clear rules for all, which has been a concern of Puerto Vallarta hoteliers, the second most important destination in the country.”
“This tax is not new, the 3% is paid by hoteliers, but not the web hosting applications such as AIRBNB and HOMEWAY.”
“These platforms do not pay taxes,” he reiterated.
This amount of money that could be received in Puerto Vallarta, could be applied to benefits like promotion and infrastructure.
The general objective pursued by this initiative is to extend the lodging tax, to include all those areas of overnight accommodation, such as apartments and houses totally or partially renting, offering tourist accommodation services, as well as regulating collaborative economies which provide the hosting service through digital platforms, according to constitutional principles.
This presentation and participation forum, which was attended by businessmen and hoteliers today, was coordinated by the director Susana Rodríguez, president of the tourism commission.