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TOT Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Am I required to separately state the tax amount on the registration card?

  • Are there any exemptions from TOT?

  • Can an operator request a waiver of the penalties and interest due to extenuating circumstances?

  • Does an operator need to charge the TOT if he/she rents a room for less than a full day (e.g., hourly room rates)?

  • How can a transient request a refund of the TOT he/she previously paid to the TTC?

  • How can an operator request a refund of the TOT he/she previously paid to the TTC?

  • I purchased a hotel/motel recently, or I am soon to purchase a hotel/motel. How do I know the former owner has no unpaid TOT liability to the TTC?

  • I understand the TOT is 10.5% of the "rent," but how do you define "rent"?

  • Is an operator required to register with the TTC?

  • May I send my payment by a courier for overnight delivery?

  • To whom may I speak to if I have additional questions?

  • What are my responsibilities as an operator to document a TOT exemption?

  • What are some of the general recordkeeping and compliance requirements as it relates to inspections and audits?

  • What happens if there is a late payment, no payment or insufficient payment?

  • What if I own a mobile home trailer park or recreational vehicle park and rent it out? Am I required to charge the TOT?

  • What if I stay longer than thirty (30) days?

  • What is the definition of "Hotel"?

  • What is the definition of "Occupancy"?

  • What is the Transient Occupancy Tax?

  • When is payment of the TOT due to the TTC?

  • When should the operator collect TOT?

  • Where do I mail my payment?

  • Which Monterey County department/agency is responsible for collecting the TOT?

  • Who is a "Transient"?

  • Who is an "Operator"?


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