ATTENTION RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS
If you are renting your property through any of the online rental services (AirBnB, VRBO, etc...) be aware that YOU, as the property owner, are responsible for paying the tourist development tax on your rental property.
About the Tourist Development Tax
The Tourist Development Tax (also referred to as tourist tax, bed tax or resort tax) is a 5% charge on the revenue from the rentals of living quarters for six months or less. This tax is in addition to the state sales tax (7% in St. Lucie County).
Living quarters are generally defined as accommodations in any:
- Mobile home park
- Recreational vehicle park
- Rooming house
The tax collector is responsible for the collection, administration and enforcement of the tourist development tax.
Registering Your Property
If property owners or property managers are contemplating renting living accommodations for periods of six months or less, the following steps must be taken:
- Step 1: Register with the Florida Department of Revenue to obtain a sales tax identification number
- Step 2: Complete and submit a tourist development tax application to setup an account with the tax collector’s office
- View the Application (PDF)
- Step 3: After your application is processed, register to pay your tourist development taxes online
Exemptions from Tourist Development Tax
Florida Statutes provide for certain exemptions from the tourist development tax such as:
- Certain members of the military
- Full-time students
- Migrant labor camps
The lessor must have sales tax exemption certificate v-14 on file to claim exemptions. The tourist development tax does not apply to rentals of more than six months duration; however, a bona fide written lease must be entered into between the lessee and lessor.
Questions regarding the tourist development tax can be answered by calling the tax collector's office at 772-462-1650.