I agree. It’s easy to say “pay your taxes” but it’s incredibly complex.
Christopher Moye
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Christopher, every global business that operates in multiple locations has to deal with similar challenges. Take a chemical company like Dupont, operating chemical plants all over the world. Do you think it can simply set up operations, and not follow local or national laws and pay taxes, because “we haven’t had time to figure out how to pay taxes to you yet”? The legal complexities of Dupont’s operation are far more complex than anything Airbnb has to deal with. Can you imagine the global outcry if a chemical company like Dupont, or auto companies like Toyota and Ford, or Microsoft or Apple or any other global corporation followed the Airbnb example: “We’ll set up operations first, and we will pay taxes and follow the laws in your city/country when we can get to it. See you in 2025.” WTF???? Why should Airbnb be entitled to such a pass? Airbnb excuses itself by to saying “Poor us, there are so many local and national laws, it takes time to figure it all out.” But every other global corporation faces the same challenge — they don’t start operating in those locations UNTIL they have it figured out. Airbnb (and Uber, and other sharing econ companies) do it exactly the opposite — “we’ll start operating now, and only figure it out later if we get in trouble with the authorities.” Is that really the type of corporate behavior that we want to encourage? It promotes a “cheating culture” — what if all corporations started acting that way?