State seeks to subpoena Airbnb for rental data
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is seeking to find vacation rental owners who aren’t paying taxes by getting Airbnb to turn over rental records.
Hawaii News Now reports the state Department of Taxation filed a court petition last week to serve an administrative subpoena on Airbnb for rental documents dating back to 2008.
The department is investigating vacation rental owners’ compliance with the general excise and transient accommodation taxes.
State Director of Taxation Linda Takayama says the department’s goal is to get the taxes paid, which could involve penalties and interest fees if owners haven’t been paying.
Airbnb in a statement said it has received the request and is reviewing it.
A hearing on the petition is scheduled for Oct. 5.