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State AG Subpoenas Airbnb For Unpaid Hotel Taxes

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The state attorney general has subpoenaed popular apartment rental website Airbnb in a bid to collect millions of dollars in unpaid hotel taxes.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants Airbnb to turn over information on the nearly 15,000 New Yorkers who have listed their apartments or rooms for rent on the site.

Right now, owners of the rental properties are not paying taxes on the rentals, skirting New York City's nearly 15 percent state occupancy tax.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office says, "New York can't afford to leave this much money on the table, and the attorney general intends to enforce the law to make sure Airbnb plays by the same rules as everyone else."

Airbnb executive Nick Papas says the company wants to help New York collect the taxes, but the request for customer information is "overbroad.''

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