Honesharing company Airbnb paid more than $5 million in Maine taxes on behalf of its hosts last year.
In a news release Tuesday, Airbnb said it has collected and remitted $5.3 million in taxes since it reached an agreement with the state in April 2017.
“Airbnb is an economic mobilizer for everyone, from families sharing their home to make ends meet, to the small businesses benefiting from more guests shopping and eating locally – and even the state of Maine itself,” said Airbnb’s head of Northeast Public Policy Josh Meltzer in a written statement.
The company hopes the “significant and vital revenue stream” generated by Airbnb hosts will “serve as yet another clear example of the economic potential of home sharing around the world,” Meltzer added.
Airbnb has about 4,500 hosts in Maine and welcomed 284,500 guests in 2017, a 62 percent increase from the year before.
The average Airbnb host earned $6,900 in 2017, according to the company. In total, Maine Airbnb hosts earned $43 million last year.