Transient Occupancy Tax Return
Transient occupancy tax rate, 8% effective July 1, 2019!
To pay transient occupancy tax: Fill out the Charlottesville Transient Occupancy Tax Form to get started.
Every lodging establishment in the City of Charlottesville offering lodging for compensation (for a period of no more than 30 consecutive days), shall impose an 8% tax on the total amount paid for lodging. Those using online rental platforms like Airbnb must report gross rental receipts, not the payout from the platform!
New businesses are to complete the Transient Occupancy Tax Registration (PDF) and send it to the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office. The tax is remitted monthly with the Transient Occupancy Tax Return Form on or before the 20th of the following month. Businesses must file a return every month even if they have no receipts to report!
Due to a legislative change effective 09/01/2021, some third party intermediaries (such as VRBO ) will begin collecting and remitting the local transient occupancy tax (8%) on behalf of each individual host. AS part of this process, we are requiring the host to file the gross rental receipts for each rental platform monthly. A new section has been added to the online reporting form to facilitate this process. The exemption for cleaning fees has been eliminated. Only rentals of 30 days or more will be exempt. If you have further questions, please contact the Business Tax section of this office at (434) 970-3170.