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Democratic Party in SF faces a question: Should Airbnb pay its back taxes?

January 31, 2015

By Tim Redmond : 48hillsonline – excerpt


JANUARY 22, 2015 – The San Francisco Democratic Party has moved to the right in the past couple of years, but an unusual alliance is now pushing a measure to force Airbnb to pay its back taxes – and it may leave some committee members in an embarrassing spot.

The Democratic County Central Committee measure is sponsored by Sup. David Campos, state Sen. Mark Leno, and DCCC member Megan Levitan. It’s safe to say that Campos and Levitan are often on different sides on the panel.

It’s also likely that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has a lot of problems with Airbnb, will direct her proxy to vote for the resolution.

And Leno’s role puts him at odds with Assemblymember David Chiu, who sponsored the legislation that allows Airbnb to operate legally in the city and who strongly opposed an attempt by Campos to require the company to fork over some $25 million it owes in back taxes…

Meanwhile, while San Francisco can’t even figure out how to collect back taxes, the New York City Council is raking Airbnb over the coals(more)

We talked to some people who wanted at Airbnb headquarters in December about the back taxes.
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