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Hotel Lodging and Room Rental Tax

Lodging Tax Exempt FormHotel Lodging Tax Report - Hotel Lodging Tax Application

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Hotel Lodging
and Room Rental Tax

Q:  What is the tax?

 A: Under the Bucks County Tourist Promotion Law 73 P.S. 401, every business holding itself as “Hotel”, “Motel”, “Bed and Breakfast”, “Extended Stay”, “Cottage”, or “Guest House” must apply a 5% tax to each rental of a room with a bed.

Q: How does the County use the money?

A: These monies are collected on behalf of the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau (www.visitbuckscounty.com).  The monies are to provide the Bureau with funding to market and promote Bucks County in a highly competitive tourism market.

Q: Who must register?

A: Anyone who intends to rent a room with a bed. 

Q: How do I register my lodging?

A: Contact the Bucks County Treasurer’s Office via mail, email (jkhopkins@buckscounty.org) or telephone at (215) 348-6248.  A welcome packet will be sent containing an application, the applicable forms and the procedures for collecting the tax.  Once the Treasurer’s Office receives the completed application, a County Lodging Room Rental Tax Certificate of Authorization is generated authorizing the establishment to collect the tax.

Q: What is the Hotel Tax rate?

A: The Hotel Room Rental Tax rate in Bucks County is 5% of the gross room rental charge.

Q: Is anyone exempt from the Hotel Room Tax?

A: Yes. Permanent Residents are exempt from this tax. A permanent resident is defined as anyone occupying or possessing the right to occupy a room, for 30 consecutive nights or longer. Pennsylvania State and Federal employees, on official business, are also exempt from this tax.

Q: How do I obtain additional copies of the required tax reporting forms? 

ATax reporting forms can be obtained from our website (click here).   The forms may also be photo-copied.

Q: How often must I file a lodging tax report? 

A: Establishments with greater than 100 rooms are required to report on a monthly basis.  Establishments with less than 100 rooms are required to report on a quarterly basis. 

Q: How do I avoid a late penalty payment?

A: Payments are due by the last business day of the month following the period ending date.  For example, if you are submitting your remittance for the period ending March 31, the payment is due on or before April 30.  The late penalty is 1 ½% compounded monthly on the unpaid balance.  The payment MUST BE postmarked by the last day of the month to avoid the penalty. 

Office of the Treasurer
Thomas E. Panzer, Esq. Treasurer

Amy M. Crosson
Chief Deputy

Adriane M. Nodich
2nd Deputy

Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street 
3rd Floor, Administration Building 
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6244 
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm