Airbnb’s transformation into a legitimate lodging business continues.

Airbnb will begin collecting “certain taxes that apply to lodging” starting Oct. 15 on behalf of its hosts in Washington state. Tax rates for hotels and motels in the state vary depending on location.

Automating lodging tax is one way that Airbnb can comply with local governments without putting an extra burden on hosts.

“You shouldn’t need to hire a lawyer and an accountant just to share your extra bedroom, but many hotel and tourist tax rules were designed for big corporations with teams of lawyers and accountants,” Airbnb’s Cyn Wang wrote on the company’s blog. Read more…

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Airbnb to start collecting taxes in Washington state