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REGULATION unwillingness to comply with the obligation to collect such taxes may be magnified by the considerable administrative burden taxing authorities would likely bear in identifying Airbnb hosts and enforcing their obligations to collect taxes due. As overnight rentals in communities served by Airbnb or similar services begin to shift away from traditional hotels, this is likely to pose a challenge to local governments in collecting hotel and motel taxes and to the Revenue Department in collecting sales taxes. Like Airbnb, Uber serves its customers through an online platform. People in need of a ride use the Uber smartphone app and select an available car service to pick them up. Drivers turn on a similar driver's app on their smartphones when they are available to drive, and the Uber platform works to connect riders and available drivers to create the quickest pickup and most efficient route. Georgia levies a tax on transportation services, but as with accommodations provided through Airbnb, Uber drivers may not be aware of a need to collect such taxes and remit them to the Revenue Department or be willing to fulfill that obligation. As with shortterm rentals, identifying and collecting tax from individual ride-share drivers may also impose a considerable administrative burden on taxing authorities. Because of these difficulties, ACCG believes that, in these cases, the online platforms rather than the individual service providers are best positioned to calculate, collect, and remit taxes that are due on short-term rentals and ride-share services in Georgia. Like their counterparts who sell digital goods or make remote sales, these companies have the technical capabilities to digitally connect users and service providers and already, in most cases, provide the mechanism for payments to be made. In the case of Airbnb, it recently agreed to collect occupancy and lodging taxes from hosts in the City of Los Angeles, and its website indicates that it collects similar state and local taxes in as many as 20 states and the District of Columbia. ACCG supports legislation that would require these platform operators to collect local taxes on any short-term stay and ride-share transactions and to remit those taxes to the Revenue Department. ACCG believes this is a practical solution that will not overburden part-time providers of housing or ride-sharing services with excessive record keeping and filing requirements and that will allow for efficient and timely filing of sales tax returns. Looking Ahead These are exciting times. Advances in the digital economy hold great promise for Georgia's counties from both an economic development and service-delivery perspective. Online platforms provide critical means for buyers and sellers to meet in the marketplace, and incorporating digital products and services into the county service-delivery strategy has already aided local governments in becoming more efficient and responsive to their citizens. While fostering the growth and use of these products and services in Georgia, finding a workable way to impose taxes on transactions involving those goods and services will ensure that counties enjoy a stable source of revenue for decades to come. ACCG looks forward to working with stakeholders and policymakers at the state and federal level to give Georgia's counties the revenue tools they need to prosper in the digital age. ■ Glynn County A Golden Past. A Shining Future. Top Row: Bob Coleman Second Row: Bill Brunson, Mark Stambaugh Bottom Row: Mike Browning, Richard Strickland (Chairman), Dale Provenzano, Allen Booker Congratulations to Cindee Overstreet, ACCG Clerk of the Year, and Aaron Mumford, President of the ACCG County Attorneys Section. 815188_Glynn.indd 1 Glynn County Board of Commissioners @GlynnCounty Visit us at www.glynncounty.org Glynn County Board of Commissioners 1725 Reynolds Street, Suite 302 Brunswick, Georgia 31520 912-554-7404 FALL 2016 www.accg.org 6/28/16 33 1:57 PM http://www.GlynnCounty.org http://www.glynncounty.org http://www.accg.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
Independent Contractor or County Employee?
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Independent Contractor or County Employee?
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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