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Senior Principal, Tax Policy



United States
Posted on Friday, May 5, 2023

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Difference You Will Make:

At the frontier of the new sharing economy, Airbnb is breaking new ground in matters of policy, law, and government relations. Where some see obstacles, we see the opportunity to find creative, practical solutions. However, with this comes increased complex obligations.

As the Senior Principal, Tax Policy, your primary responsibility will be for overseeing tax policy for Airbnb in North America and Canada (NAMER). You will actively develop, oversee and execute new tax frameworks and strategies that encourage innovation in the short term rental industry. You will focus on tax policy issues such as Short Term Rental and marketplace facilitator laws, State & Local Taxes, Digital Taxes, and other tax laws that impact the company’s and hosts’ operations in the region. You will understand and work closely with the teams in Tax, Legal, Public Policy & Communications and the Programs and the Business Operations teams. The successful candidate will ensure that all of these tax policy needs are understood and are aligned.

This position will be based in the US and will have prime responsibility for the NAMER region, with a secondary focus on supporting Airbnb’s global tax policy efforts.

A Typical Day:

  • Monitor and report on state and local tax legislation, tax policy and tax regulatory environment
  • Help formulate and implement Airbnb’s engagement strategy with government and governmental organizations on issues related to tax in NAMER
  • Coordinate with Airbnb’s global tax policy priorities and align with internal stakeholders and outside advisors
  • Support Airbnb’s 21st Century, Campaigns, Communications and Tax Policy efforts globally in coordination and collaboration with the broader Airbnb Public Policy, 21st Century and Communications teams
  • Work with internal stakeholders to assess and determine constructive external engagement based on Airbnb tax priorities
  • Identify business implications of tax legislative and regulatory proposals, and draft memos for internal and external purposes
  • Work with industry organizations and trade associations
  • Engage with senior tax and tax policy officials to advocate on behalf of Airbnb on issues with significant financial and strategic impact
  • Present Airbnb’s position on technical tax, tax legislative and tax policy matters before state and local government and governmental organizations
  • Draft position papers, memos, guidelines and talking points on tax policy matters

Your Expertise:

  • 12+ years of relevant experience in law firm or Big 4, and fast-paced, multinational high-technology companies or government organizations
  • Strong foundation of direct and indirect tax technical knowledge
  • Knowledge of US and Canadian frameworks and institutions related to direct and indirect taxation.
  • Understanding of US state and local government policy and decision making processes
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work
  • Strong relationships with advisors, government officials and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to think strategically while also engaging in day-to-day tactical details
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and proven ability to interact effectively with all level of staff, with cross-functional teams, upper management, and with government contacts
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to interact with all levels of management while at the same time able to work independently
  • Advanced degree preferred: Law degree, Masters or graduate degree in Tax, Accounting, Public Policy
  • Enjoy working in a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Role models Airbnb Core Values

Your Location:

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. While the position is Remote Eligible, you must live in a state where Airbnb, Inc. has a registered entity. Click here for the up-to-date list of excluded states. This list is continuously evolving, so please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

We ask that you only reach out to us if you are a candidate whose disability prevents you from being able to complete our online application.

How We'll Take Care of You:

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

Pay Range
$190,000$235,000 USD