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What qualifies someone to be Tax Exempt on Hotel Room Taxes, in

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What qualifies someone to be Tax Exempt on Hotel Room Taxes,
in San Francisco, California?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 7 years ago.

California allows transient occupancy tax (so-called "hotel tax") - http://info.sen.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=rtc&group=07001-08000&file=7280-7283.51

7280. (a) The legislative body of any city, county, or city and county may levy a tax on the privilege of occupying a room or rooms, or other living space, in a hotel, inn, tourist home or house, motel, or other lodging unless the occupancy is for a period of more than 30 days. The tax, when levied by the legislative body of a county, applies only to the unincorporated areas of the county.

 

Those who plan to stay more than 30 days may use exemption form - http://www.ci.ssf.ca.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=543

 

Let me know if you need any help.

 

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

(iii) An employee or officer of the state government or of the
government of a political subdivision of the state.

 

So, if You are using the above to Be Tax Exempt at a

Hotel, in San Francisco, California, ...

do You have to be an employee or officer of the state government or of the

government of a political subdivision of the state OF CALIFORNIA,

or can it be ANY STATE?

 

Expert:  Lev replied 7 years ago.

There are three exemptions - on the form provided - if any applies to you situation - you need to circle that exemption on the form.

  • I am an officer or employee of the federal government or a foreign government on official business, and exempt by reason of express provision of federal law or international treaty. (Employees of state and local governments do not qualify for this exemption.)
  • My occupancy period will exceed 30 days and there is a written agreement between me and the operator of this hotel that provides for a continuous occupancy period of more than 30 days. A copy of this agreement is attached to this Individual Exemption Form.
  • My occupancy period will exceed 30 days but there is no written agreement. Although I must pay Transient Occupancy Tax and Conference Center Tax during the first 30 days of continuous occupancy in this hotel, I am exempt from these taxes for the period of continuous occupancy after the first 30 days.

Employees of state and local governments do not qualify for this exemption - only employees of the federal government or a foreign government on official business.

 

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