The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00049

Submission Number:
00049
Commenter:
Tan
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Companies like Airbnb and Uber should be required to submit details of their hosts and drivers respectively to the state so that the state can monitor and enforce any regulations, or local laws, especially local tax laws. All small businesses have to pay taxes and it is unfair to allow small businesses on large online technology platforms to collect taxes on the state's behalf, especially if the revenues from the hosts and drivers are not audited by an independent auditor (not the own company itself). For public health and safety reasons, all host and drivers need to have adequate insurance, legal authorization to rent house or drive vehicle, and submit to independent health and safety checks for buildings and driver capability (maybe a driving test every other year).