The most recent of AH&LA's Pennsylvania State University-conducted studies of Airbnb, released last week, estimates that if Airbnb operators in Los Angeles followed the same tax rubric as other local lodging businesses in the region, they would have owed municipal governments more than $41 million in local taxes between October 2014 and September 2015. The report builds on an initial AH&LA study released in January. Airbnb defended its practices in an April 4 letter addressed to AH&LA president Katherine Lugar, and provided to BTN. Airbnb global head of public policy Christopher Lehane wrote that the company has worked with governments across the country for more than two years to try to make it possible for Airbnb to collect and remit transient occupancy taxes on behalf of its hosts. "In an effort to advance our commitment to pay hotel taxes, we have repeatedly offered to collect applicable hotel taxes on behalf of hosts in New York and Los Angeles, our two largest U.S. markets, dating back to 2014, as well as in any other municipality willing to work with us on the tax front," Lehane stated. "Had we been able to collect and remit taxes in New York and Los Angeles, we would have sent a combined $63 million in new revenue to two cities alone last year." Get the full story at Business Travel News