House bill requires registry of online lodging sites

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed legislation that would require online vacation rental and short-term lodging sites to register with the Department of Revenue.

The registration would allow counties and state government to better collect hotel occupancy fees from patrons, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) said.

Heffley said his proposal, House Bill 1810, would level the playing field for traditional hotels and online platforms such as Airbnb and Home Away.

“It’s not fair to hard-working Pennsylvanians who follow the laws to now have to compete with Silicon Valley-based multi-national companies that are not paying the state and local taxes," Heffley said in a statement.

“This legislation keeps Pennsylvania on pace with changing technology that is transforming the lodging industry.”

The bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

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