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The Lodging Room Rental Tax is a 5% tax applied to any room having at least one bed or sleeping accommodations which is rented for a period less than 30 days. Under the Bucks County Tourist Promotion Law 73 P.S. 401, the tax is applied to hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, extended stay, cottage and guest house room rentals. The renting of a room, apartment, or house privately, online or through third party brokers is subject to this tax.
These monies are collected on behalf of the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau. The monies are to provide the Bureau with funding to market and promote Bucks County in a highly competitive tourism market.
Contact the Bucks County Treasurer’s Office via mail, email the Treasurer, or call 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.
The Hotel Room Rental Tax rate in Bucks County is 5% of the gross room rental charge.
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.
The 5% Lodging Room Rental Tax is only applicable to food included in the room rate. Lodging tax is not applied to food itemized separately from the room rate.
Tax reporting forms can be obtained from our Visit Bucks County website. The forms may also be photo-copied.
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.
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 1.5% compounded monthly on the unpaid balance. The payment must be postmarked by the last day of the month to avoid the penalty.