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Airbnb Nears Tax Deal With Hillsborough County

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Hillsborough County Tax Collector

After a yearlong impasse, the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office and Airbnb are nearing an agreement that would require the peer-to-peer rental company to collect taxes on each night booked through its online portal.

The Tampa Bay Times reports a deal could be reached before Tampa hosts the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 9, expected to be one of the busiest tourism weekends in Tampa Bay area history.

The two sides remain split on how much information the county should be able to see about the rental properties posted on Airbnb. Officials say the county must be able to audit the rental inventory on the company's website to verify the money turned over from Airbnb is accurate, but Airbnb doesn't want to disclose private information about users.