HOTELIER Magazine 2nd issue - English | Page 32

Inese Aleksa - AirBnB host, Photographer | Latvia You are one of the best hosts of Airbnb in Latvia and have a status of “Super Host”. Can you please tell us how everything started with Airbnb and in general how Airbnb regulated in European countries connected with taxation? started working as a host recently, about 8 months ago. Before that I worked for Airbnb for several years as a freelance photographer — I photographed houses and apartments of other Hosts. This is a unique experience because due to the work of a photographer, I was able to visit many houses and apartments, communicate with interesting people of different professions that provide the guests from around the world their own unique accommodation. So, year after year, I developed a certain concept of apartment design and I tested in practice the set of my own rules concerning the guest accommodation and cleanliness maintenance, and it worked. My observance and experience as a photographer had a great role in this. But I knew people who just as quickly received Superhost status and in the aftermath retained it for years, initially having no experience in this job, but having a great desire to welcome guests, communicate and learn new things. As for the taxation for this kind of activity, I can only say about Latvia and my own experience. I work as an “individual entrepreneur”, do accounting, submit a tax declaration every year and pay income tax of 23%. You can work on the Airbnb platform as a private individual or as a company, and depending on the amount of income, the tax rate also changes. Each country has its own tax laws and Airbnb advises you to contact the local tax authority for the consultation. I