August 17, 2016
The new disruptive economy is shaking up everything from the newspapers to the music business, and the latest target is the hotel industry. But local governments aren’t getting their cut of the action, at least not yet. Arlington County collects a 5.25% lodging tax from all of its hotel rooms. But what about all those new Airbnb rentals, where people use a smart phone app to rent out rooms? Arlington Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy says her office has no way of knowing who’s renting out those rooms….