What fees are included as rent for Transient Occupancy Tax?

Rent and fees include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning Fees
  • Late Check-out Fees
  • Nightly Rents
  • Pet Fees
  • Rollaway Bed Fees
  • Room Upgrade Fees
  • Weekly Rents

Rent does not include items in a special package rate such as ski passes or other recreational activity subject to California sales tax as long as the operator separately states the rent and tax from other amounts on all receipts and books of record. If additional benefits are not stated separately as indicated, the entire amount shall be presumed to be rent. Required and collected amounts for room-related fees and services are subject to transient occupancy tax.

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1. What is Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)?
2. What is my Transient Occupancy Tax Rate?
3. Who is responsible for collecting TOT from guests if I rent via Airbnb, VRBO, or other internet based rental services?
4. If I use a property manager for my rental, do I still need to file a return?
5. What fees are included as rent for Transient Occupancy Tax?
6. How often do I have to file my Transient Occupancy Tax return?
7. Do I still need to file a tax return even if I did not collect any rent during the quarter?
8. What if I sell or transfer or terminate operation of my business or rental?
9. What do I do if I dispute a penalty and interest assessment by the County?
10. What are my options if my appeal is denied?
11. What if my renter(s) states they are exempt from the tax?
12. How do I obtain a Transient Occupancy Tax certificate?
13. Where do I display my new Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate?
14. Where can I find a copy of the Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax Code?