Office of the Treasurer
Hotel Lodging and Room Rental Tax
Lodging Tax Exempt Form - Hotel Lodging Tax Report - Hotel Lodging Tax Application
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Hotel Lodging
and Room Rental Tax
Q. What is the Tax, and how does the County use the money?
A. Under the Bucks County Tourist Promotion Law 73 P.S. 401, every business holding itself as a “Hotel” “Motel” “Bed and Breakfast”, “Extended Stay”, “Cottage” or “Guest House” must apply a 3% tax to each and every 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 Convention and Visitor's Bureau (www.bccvb.org.). The monies are used 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 to anyone for less than 30 consecutive nights.
Q. How do I register my lodging?
A. Contact the Bucks County Treasurer’s Office via mail, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (215) 348-6249. 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 of Bucks 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 3% of the gross room rental charge, less any portion of the room charge for meals.
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?
A. Tax reporting forms can be obtained from our website (click here). These 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 report on a quarterly basis.
Q. How do I avoid a late payment penalty?
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 1/2% compounded monthly on the unpaid balance. The payment must be postmarked by the last day of the month to avoid the penalty.
Q. What is the meal exemption? And, can I consider this extra income?
A. The meal exemption was intended to provide a small measure of tax relief to those whose lodging bill includes a meal and a room in the same charge. The exemption applies only to the meal portion of the charge. The allowable exemption rate is shown on the tax reporting form. This exemption is NOT to be treated as a discount, nor is it intended to serve as an additional source of revenue for the lodging provider.
Office of the Treasurer
William R. Snyder
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
3rd Floor, Administration Building
Doylestown, PA 18901
Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm