The Tourism Regulatory Authority has said that it is performing registration of all companies (including Airbnb) that deal with tourism activities in the country.
Tourism Fund Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Cherutoi also confirmed that the government agency is working with Airbnb to ensure they register and remit taxes by July.
“We are working with Airbnb to facilitate registration and remitting of taxes by July. It is being planned. They are supposed to be licensed by TRA after which we can come in,” Mr. Joseph Cherutoi was quoted by Nation.
Mr Cherutoi noted that the government is planning to meet Airbnb officials to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the taxation measures.
“After that, once Airbnb collects their commission, they will also collect the levy on our behalf. We are also going to work with the Kenya Revenue Authority,” Mr Cherutoi said.
The registration of Airbnb follows a similar move by Tanzania Government, reflecting the increased appetite for the share of the rapidly growing platform.