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A new federal lawsuit claims Airbnb is failing to collect room occupancy taxes from its hosts and customers, and failing to forward that money owed to Georgia’s cities and counties.

Filed on behalf of Hart County and the cities of Rome, Cartersville and Tybee Island, the prospective class action lawsuit contends Airbnb violated Georgia law by refusing to collect the required taxes. The lawsuit was filed by two Georgia law firms, Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler Richardson & Davis and Atlanta’s Lamar, Archer & Cofrin, which have sued other online travel companies over their failure to pay local excise taxes.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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