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Apr 24, 2011 12:57 AM

Hotel Tax (TOT) and Tourism Fee (TID) in San Francisco

This discussion is for us to discuss questions and answers, information discovered, etc, about the the hotel / lodging tax, also known as the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) (currently set at 14%), and the Tourism Improvement District (TID) Fees (currently either 1% or 2%, depending on your geographic location) in San Francisco.


Many people question whether we need to pay these so-called "hotel taxes" when we are operating vacation rentals or guest rooms; we are not hotels in the traditional sense of the word.


Also, the San Francisco Treasurer's web site is very unclear about this stuff.  So it makes it difficult to find answers.


Another problem is that there appears to be no enforcement at all of the city's regulations regarding the hotel tax.  So .. if there's no enforcement, what's the point of paying the tax?  Would you drive under the speed limit if there was never a chance of getting a speeding ticket?  Heck, would you even pay your income tax if you thought nobody in the government really cared?


Does the City's lack of enforcement create an unfair business environment for those who pay the hotel tax and those who do not?  Can the City of San Francisco be held legally responsible for creating this unfair business environment? 


There are all questions we can discuss here.  Feel free to add your own issues or other ideas to the discussion.

  • New Member 1 posts since
    Apr 8, 2012

    So, I am unclear about the hotel tax thing as it relates to the taxes we pay (and losses we deduct) when our unit is vacant? If I understand my accountant correctly, it makes sense to stay above board, pay the tax, and then deduct losses from our other income. Since we are just starting out, our unit will be vacant much of the time so it makes sense to take a loss and get a break on other taxes. Is anyone doing this? Is it cost effective?

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