8% Taxes are not part of my Earnings
Back in November of 2019, my area started requiring that we pay local taxes on temporary vacation/work rentals. So I filed everything necessary and have been paying my county monthly.
One thing I've now noticed on earnings summaries each month (and ultimately annually as well), is that my host fees and the 8% tax is included in my payout, basically stating that all the money paid to me was what I made. They do show how much was HELD OUT for my local taxes, but they still show my total income including the tax.
So, for example, if my host income is $100 a night, my report will say I received $108.00. Day after day, month after month all that adds up -- increasing my income. I shouldn't have to pay taxes on taxes. If I rented a room 10 days a month for 12 months, that's $100 x 120 days = $12,000. Airbnb will say I earned $12,960 because of the 8% taxes they charged on my behalf to pay to the county later myself. That 8% - $960 is not my income. I should not have to pay taxes on taxes again locally, and my 1099 should not include that $960 as annual income.
Meanwhile, logic tells me that they have no way of knowing whether I proceeded to pay that tax. I could have kept it for myself and that I imagine is why they show that as the total payout. Still, there should be a sub-column in the payout if that's the right term. I don't know spreadsheet lingo. There should be a separate column that totals up the taxes (whether you pay them or not) and another column for host income. That way, for the people who do pay their taxes, as I do, it will be easier to work with the spreadsheet and the separate amounts.
I also don't like the download of the info. Way too much other info. Once I downloaded it, I had to delete what didn't need to be in the spreadsheet, and then I had to manually add up the host amounts and the tax amounts. Because as I said, Airbnb puts them in the same column.
Number one, It shouldn't be this much work and number two, their doing it this way will show the added tax as income on any 1099. Sorry if I got too detailed or repetitive.