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Continuous rentals that last thirty days or longer are exempt from transient occupancy tax. If claiming exempt rentals, we require documentation like a copy of the short term lease, or the recap spreadsheet from your online rental platform (AirBnB, VRBO, etc…).
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The current tax rate is 8%. Reports should be filed and tax paid by no later than the 20th of each month to avoid the levy of penalties and interest. When the 20th falls on weekend or holiday, the due date is the first business day immediately following the 20th. If the filing is paid late, there is a penalty of 5% of the tax due with a minimum penalty of $2.00. Interest will begin to accrue once the filing or payment is thirty days past due. If we have not received your filing by the end of the month, a letter will go out advising you to file within seven days to avoid a statutory assessment. Please be sure to use the correct account number when filing. If you are unsure of what that number is, please contact this office to verify.
If there is no rental activity in a given month, simply file a zero dollar return. If you anticipate going months with no rental activity, you may file zero dollar returns in advance. Those returns can be amended at a later date if necessary.
You may file and pay online by visiting www.charlottesville.gov/COR and clicking the “Meals & Lodging Taxes” link. All fields on the online form must be filled in completely. Please be careful when entering bank routing and account numbers. These numbers should match exactly what is printed on the bottom line of your paper checks. Incorrect account and routing numbers may be rejected by the payment processor. Payments of $10,000.00 or more cannot be accepted by our online processing system and must be submitted with a paper return and check.
Beginning with filings for October 2022 (due November 20, 2022) - AirBnb (and all other accommodations intermediaries) will begin to collect and remit local transient occupancy taxes (8% in Charlottesville) on behalf of their hosts. Intermediaries were already collecting the 5.3% Virginia Retail Sales Tax and will continue to do so.
Filing by the host IS STILL REQUIRED even though there may be no tax liability. On both the online filing form and the pdf version, there is space for you to indicate the names of any platforms collecting and remitting tax on your behalf, along with the gross receipts on which the tax was paid. Hosts are responsible to provide documentation verifying that the third party platform collected and remitted the tax due on their behalf. If such documentation is not provided, the host assumes responsibility for remitting the tax. In filing your report, remember to report gross rental receipts - not merely payout totals. Gross receipts include all charges associated with the booking, such as cleaning fees, pet fees, etc…
Most third party platforms are not providing localities with sufficient documentation to tie their lump-sum payments to individual transient occupancy accounts. AirBnB, in particular, has steadfastly refused to provide gross receipts or the location addresses tied to those receipts. In the absence of such data, there is no way for the City to determine where these payments should be applied. By providing documentation, the City will be able to allocate tax amounts remitted on your behalf by third party intermediaries to your individual account.