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Airbnb hosts in HMRC’s sights over unpaid tax


Following an investigation into Airbnb’s tax affairs the company handed over income details of Airbnb's 225,000 UK hosts for the tax years 2017-18 and 2018-2019. Experts say people who have earned money from their properties via Airbnb could be landed with bills for unpaid tax, interest and penalties. Fiona Fernie, a tax dispute and resolution partner at Blick Rothenberg, said: “It does not just relate to the last tax year; HMRC are going to look back over several years, so now is the time for people to come clean if they have not paid what they owe to HMRC." A spokesman for HMRC said: "People with additional income streams may not be fully aware of their tax obligations and so we have taken steps in HMRC to consider sectors, such as short-term property letting, where we may not be collecting the full amount of tax owed. We would encourage customers to check their tax affairs, seeking advice where necessary, in order to put right any honest mistakes or omissions."

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