Airbnb to refund SLO County visitors after tax error

The popular online home rental platform Airbnb erred while implementing a tax agreement it struck with San Luis Obispo County and taxed guests who stayed at properties within city limits. Airbnb is now in the process of refunding users who were mistakenly taxed. [KSBY]

On Oct. 1, Airbnb began collecting Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and related assessments and transferring the funds to SLO County. The TOT collection scheme only applies to unincorporated areas of the county.

In unincorporated areas of the county, vacation rental hosts are required to collect a 9 percent TOT, as well as a 1 percent Tourism Marketing District assessment. Additionally, a 2 percent County Business Improvement District assessment applies to certain unincorporated areas.

Anyone who has questions about the Airbnb error and refunds is asked to call (805) 781-5831 or email