Revenue from Airbnb rentals is usually staying in shadow


Only one in four homeowners who occasionally rent the house or part of it to tourists, makes a neat declaration to the tax authorities.

This is shown by research by Trouw, which retrieved figures from the tax authorities. Actually, a homeowner needs to give 70% of the earnings from holiday rentals via Airbnb for example to the tax authorities. Then income tax is levied.

According to Airbnb, by far the most well-known platform for holiday rental of homes, some 31,000 landlords are active in the Netherlands. About eight thousand of them reported their income from the rental. It is possible that there will be something more, because some landlords have received a deferment of declaration.
Last year, Airbnb reported that more than 31,000 landlords were active in the Netherlands in 2017. Of all those landlords about eight thousand made a declaration of renting a home. That number may increase slightly because some people have been granted a deferment.

In 2015, some seven thousand home owners filed tax returns from tourist rentals. That is 14% less than now. In the same period, the number of landlords via Airbnb doubled, according to Trouw.

By: Maurice Eisma

Maurice Esma, a co-founder of EconomicInform is a freelance journalist with the expertise in international finance and corporate rights. The author can be reached by email

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