Unfortunately this is incorrect and any additional income that you earn from Air BNB must be reported to the Revenue Commissioners and tax needs to be paid on any profits earned.
When Air BNB first hit the Irish market there was some confusion as to whether the income earned qualified for a relief known as Rent a Room Relief. This relief entitles people to earn up to €12,000 in tax free income from renting out a room in their home.
Revenue have since clarified that “short term lettings advertised through online accommodation sites do not qualify for this relief”
It’s not all bad news though as you will not pay tax on the gross income you receive rather you will pay tax on the income after deducting the expenses associated with the letting.
These expenses are numerous but the main ones would be Light & Heat costs during the stay, food costs, costs of laundering linen, Air BNB commission, accounting fees for preparing the tax return etc.
The best advice is to ensure that you keep all receipts/invoices for any costs associated with the letting so that they can be used to reduce your tax bill.
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