Lodging Tax, or Stay Tax, is used by HomeAway to refer to a tax you are required to pay for renting a room or property in certain states or localities. Other terms that describe stay tax are: Stay Tax, occupancy tax, room tax, sales tax, tourist tax, hotel tax, or any other equivalent tax.
 
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
Tax returns
Information travelers see about taxes



 

How HomeAway collects and remits Lodging Tax

HomeAway may collect and remit Lodging Tax in specific jurisdictions when rental bookings and payments are made online in our system. We’ll notify you in advance of starting to collect and remit Lodging Tax in your area.  

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.
 


How to check if HomeAway are collecting and remitting tax in your Jurisdiction

To determine if HomeAway collects and remits Lodging Tax for a specific property
  1. Log into your HomeAway account
  2. Click the Property icon to expand the left navigation menu
  3. Click Rules and policies.
  4. 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.
 
 

Fees that Lodging taxes apply to on HomeAway


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.
 

Information HomeAway provides to your jurisdiction

For transactions booked and paid on the HomeAway platform, HomeAway will identify the amount of tax we have collected and will remit it to the jurisdiction.

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.
 

This information can be accessed through your payment download report. Click here to find out more information on how to do this.
 

Tax returns

You may still need to file a tax return after HomeAway begins collecting and remitting tax in your area. In many jurisdictions, you are required to submit a tax return for lodging taxes even if the amount of tax they collected is equal to $0. Additionally, if your property is listed on multiple sites, you may still have a tax filing obligation on reservations booked on sites other than HomeAway.

You should check the reporting requirements for their specific jurisdictions or consult their tax professional to avoid penalties for not reporting.

Information travelers see about taxes

Starting on the date collection and remittance begins, travelers will see a separate charge for Lodging Tax, called ‘Stay Tax’ on their traveler quote, which will be added to the total amount they pay for their reservation. The checkout experience for travelers using alternative payments will remain unchanged.

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.