Transient Lodging Tax (Hotel/Motel)

The City of Ashland values its relationship with the business community, and we are pleased to announce some changes to our Transient Occupancy Lodging Tax Administration process.
 
The City of Ashland has entered into an agreement with the State of Oregon to collect the Transient Lodging Tax. Beginning with first quarter returns due April 30, providers will no longer file a tax return with the City of Ashland and will instead file with the State of Oregon Department of Revenue. All Transient Lodging Tax returns will be due the last day of the month following quarter end. To adhere to Oregon Revised Statues the City recently updated its ordinance on Transient Lodging Tax. See the Ashland Municipal Code section 4.24.020 for questions regarding Transient Lodging Tax.
 
City of Ashland providers are able to file their Transient Lodging Tax returns online with the State of Oregon Department of Revenue. Click here for more information regarding the Transient Lodging Tax or to file a return.

Due dates for returns:

Quarterly
Activity for the time period:  Due
January 1 through March 31 April 30
April 1 through June 30   July 31
July 1 through September 30   October 31
October 1 through December 31 January 31
 

FAQ’s

  • How do I calculate occupancy? Occupancy is determined by the method in which you choose to rent your accommodations. If you rent by room, then you need to report your occupancy by room. If you rent by unit, for example a three bedroom house rented as one unit, you would need to report by unit or as one in this example.
  • Why should I complete the occupancy questions at the bottom of the form? Occupancy data is collected to develop trends both seasonally and year to year in the utilization of Ashland’s collective visitor capacity.  The aggregate data is displayed in various publications, include the City’ approved budget, the Chamber of Commerce’s Living and Doing Business Guide as well as by other local and regional groups involved and interested in Ashland’s tourism economy.
  • What do you mean by Exemptions in question 2? See the Ashland Municipal Code section 4.24.030.
  • What if I submit this form but do not pay by the due date? The return is not considered complete until the payment is received, therefore it would be considered past due.
  • How do I know if I am required to file my return quarterly or monthly? All operators must submit returns at a minimum quarterly, unless the City has notified the operator that they are required to submit monthly. Any operator may choose to submit monthly however.
  • How do I complete the form using an Apple product? You will need to install Adobe Reader to complete this form. Save this form to your local drive and then open it using Adobe Reader. 
  • How do I know if I should submit the tax if I use an online booking service?
    • If you collect the tax on your own through your own booking, you must remit the tax to the City.
    • If the third party vendor collects the tax and does not return it to you, they must remit the tax to the City.
    • If the third party vendor collects the tax, but then remits it to you, you must remit the tax to the City.
    • If you set the rate of the booking with the third party and do not have an agreement in place that they will collect the tax and remit to the City, you must remit the tax to the City.

 
More questions? Please contact the State of Oregon Department of Revenue by calling (503) 945-8120 or by emailing SPA.help@oregon.gov.

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