What is LodgingTax?
Lodging Tax rules vary from city, county, region, state, and country. Lodging Taxes can be levied on the cost of the stay, and/or on a per night or per person basis. Property owners are typically obligated to collect and remit the taxes associated with renting a room or property.
For online bookings in certain jurisdictions, HomeAway is obligated to collect and remit Lodging Tax. See What lodging taxes does HomeAway collect and remit? for more information.
How HomeAway collects and remits Lodging Tax
How to check if HomeAway are collecting and remitting tax in your Jurisdiction
Fees that Lodging taxes apply to on HomeAway
Information HomeAway provides to your jurisdiction
How to tell how much tax has been paid to your jurisdiction
Information travelers see about taxes
Property owners are responsible for the collection and remittance of Lodging Tax when:
your property is booked prior to and including the day before HomeAway began collecting and remitting Lodging Tax in the jurisdiction where your property is located;
the booking is not made by using our online system;
you use alternative payments not managed in our online system; or
you use external software to integrate with our online system.
Important: Each property owner is responsible for understanding the laws and regulations applicable to their property listing.
- Log into your HomeAway account
- Click the Property icon to expand the left navigation menu
- Click Rules and policies.
- Click Taxes. You will see here what taxes HomeAway is collect and remitting for your listing.
If you don't see any lodging taxes listed, that means HomeAway isn't collecting this tax on your behalf and you remain responsible for collecting and remitting taxes from your guests.
To see a full list of list of jurisdictions HomeAway currently collects and remits taxes for, click here.
Note: You may not choose to opt out of HomeAway collecting and remitting Lodging Tax in jurisdictions where HomeAway has an agreement with the tax authority or is otherwise required to collect and remit Lodging Tax.
Each jurisdiction may set different rules on what amount HomeAway needs to apply the Stay Taxes to when we collect and remit them. Some jurisdictions may require us to collect taxes on the damage deposit or the service fee.
Generally, taxes are charged on the rental amount (money or value) received from the traveler. Refundable damage deposits are generally not taxable, but may become taxable in certain jurisdictions if the deposit is not fully refunded.
If your listing is located in North America, visit MyLodgeTax to learn more regarding the specific charges and fees that are taxable.
This tax is remitted on a tax return filed with the applicable jurisdiction under the taxpayer account of HomeAway.com, Inc.
Your name, your jurisdiction tax ID, your company name, address, and/or other details specific to your property will not be identified on the tax return filing because the tax information is provided in an aggregate manner identifying HomeAway.com, Inc. as the taxpayer. However, the transaction details may be available to the taxing jurisdiction upon audit and pursuant to the appropriate legal process.
If your jurisdiction contacts you and wants information related to taxes that are being collected and remitted by HomeAway, please refer the taxing authority to HomeAway. You should check the reporting requirements for their specific jurisdictions or consult their tax professional to avoid penalties for not reporting.
Click here to find out more information on how to do this.
You should check the reporting requirements for their specific jurisdictions or consult their tax professional to avoid penalties for not reporting.
If your traveler made a booking on a HomeAway site before the date HomeAway begins tax collection/remittance, but will check in after the date HomeAway began tax collection/remittance, you remain responsible for collecting and remitting tax associated with that booking. HomeAway only collects taxes at the time of booking. If you have split payments, HomeAway collects all taxes at the time of booking, regardless of the payment schedule.
If your traveler asks you for a tax receipt, please direct the traveler to their quote, in the Payments detail area of the HomeAway app, and on their payment confirmation. After the date that HomeAway begins tax collection/remittance, Lodging Tax amounts will be clearly displayed to the traveler.
If a traveler asks for a refund of the Lodging Tax, please contact HomeAway Customer Service or refer the traveler to HomeAway Customer Service.