In line with Berlin, Iceland wants to restrict tourist letting. New legislation is being introduced that will limit to 90 days per year the allowable offerings to holidaymakers. If this period is exceeded, a additional tax will be applied.
In the first half of this year, ASAE detected 41 Local Accommodation establishments operating illegally in Portugal. Of more than 500 Local Lodging inspections over the 6 month period, proceedings were raised against 30 unregistered operators.
According to the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, a partnership with the Airbnb platform is in the pipeline to end illegal rentals. It is the hope that such collaboration will greatly reduce Local Lodging tax evasion.
After cooperation with the hoteliers in the District, Vila Real de Santo António will start charging a Tourist Tax of 1€/person and night (with some exemptions and discounts) as of January 2017. The City Hall created a Strategic Tourist Tax Council, comprising City Hall representatives, hotels and real estate agents, which will oversee the management of the tax and its investment in tourism activities in the district.
It is said that the Tax Authorities will adapt the online invoicing system so that the Tourist Tax (exempt of all other taxes) may be invoiced within the Green Receipts.