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5 Things you need to know about tax if you’re an Airbnb host in Ireland

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We've put together some useful points about your tax obligations if you're an Airbnb host in Ireland.

Becoming an Airbnb host can provide some much-needed extra income especially throughout the Summer months when the number of tourists in Ireland rockets.  However, there are some tax implications that you need to keep in mind to avoid any Revenue fines or penalties. If you’re new to hosting in Ireland or still aren’t sure what your tax obligations are, read on.

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1. Airbnb income does not qualify for rent-a-room relief

If you have any Airbnb income then you need to declare this to Revenue without exception as it unfortunately doesn’t qualify for rent-a-room relief. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Irish resident or not – you still have to pay tax on income arising from all Irish properties rented out using Airbnb.

The final amount of tax you’ll pay on your Airbnb income depends on how much you earn and will differ depending on whether you’re an occasional host or regular host.


2. Allowable Expenses can reduce your tax liability

When filing your tax return, it’s important to include any expenses you’ve incurred as these can reduce your tax bill. According to Revenue: ‘expenses that have been incurred directly in the provision of the accommodation’ can be deducted when calculating the taxable profits. Such expenses include: Cleaning, Food, Laundry, Commission to Airbnb, Additional insurance purchased, Electricity, Gas, Heating.

It’s important to note that proportional amounts of utility costs can be considered i.e. the amounts of electricity and gas that are used as a result of your hosting activity.



3. If you carry out Airbnb hosting as a trade, additional tax relief can be claimed

If you carry out hosting activity in Ireland as a trade, in addition to the deductible expenses listed above you can also claim mortgage interest relief and capital allowances /  ‘wear and tear’.


4. Your Airbnb income should be declared annually

You can declare the income by filing an annual tax return – either a Form 11 or Form 12 - depending on your individual circumstances and other sources of income you may have.


5. Taxback.com can file your tax return

Not sure where to start? That’s where Taxback.com comes in. We have a team of people waiting to guide you through the process.

Call us today or go to www.taxback.com/airbnb!

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Sinead Gill - PR & Communications Manager @ Taxback.com

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