Editorial | Letters Letter: Tax agencies complicit in vacation rentals? July 10, 2019 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Apparently, Doug Tonokawa assumes that those who host vacation rentals don’t pay their transient accommodations and general excise taxes (“Let Airbnb submit tax forms to state,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, July 6). Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. Apparently, Doug Tonokawa assumes that those who host vacation rentals don’t pay their transient accommodations and general excise taxes (“Let Airbnb submit tax forms to state,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, July 6). He proposed that online platforms like Airbnb send out 1099-like forms so government tax offices can collect all taxes due. Turn that around: If most transient accommodations operators have been illegal since the 1980s, why have city and state tax offices willingly collected our “dirty money”? If the government is internally inconsistent, must it not own its complicity in illegal operations? The taxes I pay are openly and explicitly for “transient accommodations” on forms TA-1, TA-2 and Form G-45. If I am paying taxes on an “illegal” operation, are not the city and state complicit by turning a blind eye to the source? For two decades we have heard no complaints from the City Council and the mayor who just legislated the end of our paying taxes. Daniel Benedict Waialua Click here to read more Letters to the Editor. Previous Story Letter: Don’t dwell on past, help nation move ahead Next Story Will ‘the REIT way’ survive?