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The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), also known as room tax or bed tax, is a tax collected by an operator from each guest, or transient, with the room payment and, subsequently, remitted to the City of Palm Springs.   (Please refer to the Palm Springs Municipal Code for definitions of hotel, guest room, operator, transient and rent.)

Current Transient Occupancy Tax rates are as follows:  13.5% for Group Meeting hotels and 11.5% for all other hotels.  These rates have been in effect since January 1, 2002.  Council acted to increase rates after authorization was given by Palm Springs' voters in the November 2001 election.

The Palm Springs Room Tax Ordinance, a condensed version of Palm Springs Municipal Code Chapter 3.24, Transient Occupancy Tax, is available by clicking here. A complete version of the Municipal Code regarding TOT is available in a PDF format below or by clicking here.  

For further assistance regarding the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), please contact the Room Tax Division at (760) 323-8226.

 


REMINDER:

A TOT return must be provided every month whether your property was rented or not.  The Good News is, you can now submit your TOT returns and payments online.  All due dates and delinquent date apply and will be enforced.

 

TOT payment buttonThe City of Palm Springs now offers online payments for Transient Occupancy Tax.  Your online payment is a secure and environmentally-friendly option to make a payment of your monthly TOT using a credit card or e-check.

By clicking the image on your left hand side, you will be redirected to a secure payment site,   Authorized.Net, where you will be required to provide your TOT information.  If you are paying your TOT after the due date or if your account is delinquent, please be advised that all penalties and interest will be automatically added to your account.

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TO FILE A "ZERO" $ RETURN:

If you are filing a “Zero” Transient Occupancy Tax Return please complete a return (CLICK HERE) and email a scan or picture of the return to  totdesk@palmspringsca.gov    Once the TOT department has received your email you will get a reply which will be your receipt for the return.

If any of your information has changed since your last remittance, please notify our TOT Desk at (760) 323-8226, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. 

For more information, please contact the TOT Desk at TOTdesk@palmspringsca.gov

 


 

RELATED INFORMATION:
Transient Occupancy Tax Return
"Zero" Transient Occupancy Tax Return (Monthly Return with No Tax Due)
TOT Calendar for 2020 with Due Dates and Delinquent Dates
TOT Policy Clarification: TOT Taxability of Extra Fees and Charges Such as Resort Fees (Currently under revision)
Notice to Hotel Operators on Ownership Transfer
Application for TOT Registration Permit 
Municipal Code Chapter 3.24, Transient Occupancy Tax (Complete)
Exemption Form (TOT) fillable pdf
Adjustment Form (TOT) printable pdf / fillable pdf

TOT REPORTS:
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2019-20
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2018-19
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2017-18
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2016-17
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2015-16
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2014-15

Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2013-14
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2012-13
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2011-12
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2010-11
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2009-10
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2008-09
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collections by Month, FY 2007-08

  

To receive the Monthly TOT Report via email, click here to submit your request.

 

Related Links:

Click here for information on Vacation Rentals

Click here to view the TOT Audit Guideline and Worksheet

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