Suzanne Johnston
Flagler County Tax Collector

Suzanne Johnston
Flagler County Tax Collector

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  I rent my property on the Internet. Are Internet rentals Taxable?

A:  Yes. Taxability is based on the location of the rental property, not the location of the financial transaction.

Q:  Do I have to collect Tourist Development Tax (TDT) on the cleaning fee I charge my guests?

A:  Yes, if the charge is mandatory.  Examples include charges for cleaning, amenities, extra persons, in-room safes, refrigerators, and microwaves.  Non-refundable pet fees as well as application fees (if used to offset rent) are also subject to Tourist Development Tax.

Q:  Do I have to pay sales tax also?

A:  Yes, but we do not collect the sales tax. Taxpayers are also charged Florida Sales & Use Tax by the Florida Department of Revenue. For more information on the Sales & Use Tax call, the Department of Revenue at (386) 274-6600.

Q:  My property is used by friends and relatives at times during the year.  Am I required to collect Tourist Development Tax?

A:  Yes, if you collect rent, or accept any form of compensation in lieu of rent.

Q:  All my rentals are handled by a property management company. What are my Tourist Development Tax responsibilities?

A:  If your property management company is collecting Tourist Development Tax for your property rental(s) under their number, you are not required to register and file returns. Be aware that under Florida law, property owners are ultimately responsible for Tourist Development Tax if a property manager defaults or fails to collect and/or pay taxes.

Q:  I have been renting for some time now and I was not aware of my responsibility to collect and pay Tourist Development Tax. What do I do?

A:  Contact us as soon as possible. Please be assured that we will work with you to bring your property into compliance.