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Simplified tax for short-stay housing providers proposed

Inland Revenue is seeking feedback on a proposal to simplify tax obligations for people who rent out their property as short-term accommodation.

IRD’s Director Public Rulings Susan Price says if someone gets money from renting out their house, a room, holiday home or a sleep-out - it's income – and they have to file a tax return.

“People renting out a room in their home can claim costs like advertising and a proportion of the expenses for the time the space is rented including things like rates, insurance and cleaning. What we’re proposing in our draft Determination is a standard, nightly amount to claim as costs,” Susan Price says.

“The proposed amount is $50 a night if the host is the home owner and $45 a night if the host rents the property. They may qualify if the space is rented for up to 100 days each year.

“Qualifying hosts may be able to use the standard costs from the Determination and don’t have to work out their actual costs. If they don’t meet the criteria, or choose not to use the standard costs, all income must be returned and the actual costs calculated to claim as deductions.

“We’ve drafted the new rules to simplify the tax obligations for people who occasionally host short-stay accommodation guests in their home, using websites such as Airbnb or Bookabach.

”We’re also consulting on draft guidance about how the existing rules apply for other short-stay accommodation hosts who can’t use the proposed standardised deductions – either because they rent space out for more than 100 nights per year or because the accommodation isn’t in their home.

“We’re releasing the proposed Determinations and guidance in “Questions We’ve Been Asked” (QWBAs) for public consultation today. We’d very much like to hear from people on this,” Susan Price says. Inland Revenue is also updating the Determination that applies to taxpayers who have a boarder in their home. The refreshed Determination is also now out for public consultation.

The draft Determination and questions will be open for submission for six weeks and are available here:

Following consultation, Inland Revenue will review and consider any comments received before finalising and publishing the items.

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