The government decided on Sunday, in finalising the fiscal measures to accompany the 2018 budget, to grant a new slice of €500 of untaxed income for community-based work. This regime will affect the sharing economy, particularly businesses offering services through a digital application or platform similar to Airbnb. This was indicated on Tuesday by the Minister for the Digital Agenda, Alexander De Croo.
Thirty platforms being considered for tax exoneration have been accepted on the list. Amongst these are Ubereats which offers hotel, restaurant and catering services. Airbnb does not feature on the list but the government hopes that the new rules will allow for its presence there.
Indeed, the measures open the way for the emergence of an electronic marketplace for the hire of private homes. Platforms offering combined services such as the hire of a room and an offer of breakfast may also be included. These are precisely the type of services offered by Airbnb. Indeed a spokesman for Minister De Croo indicated, “I hope that this will encourage such services to be accepted on the list.”