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Data: Mainers Earned Millions With Airbnb Last Year

Airbnb allows people to advertise their rooms, apartments and homes for a relatively short period

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    Data: Mainers Earned Millions With Airbnb Last Year
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    Data from Airbnb shows that hosts using the online home-sharing service earned about $26 million and hosted about 174,000 visitors in Maine last year. 

    Airbnb allows people to advertise their rooms, apartments and homes for a relatively short period. 

    The data released Wednesday shows that the majority of Maine rentals were in Portland, where more than 51,000 people were hosted. Owners earned about $7 million. 

    Gov. Paul LePage's budget has proposed amending the state's tax rules to ensure that hosts on Airbnb and similar platforms are collecting the required lodging tax of 9 percent and forwarding it to the state. 

    The Portland Press Herald reports that if all Airbnb hosts had paid that tax in 2016, the state would have collected about $2.3 million in tax revenue. 

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