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What is the purpose of the California hotel occupancy excise tax?

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The Transient Occupancy Tax, commonly known as a “hotel” or “bed” tax, acts as an additional source of tax revenue to local government bodies, states the Santa Cruz County Treasurer. It applies to any individual who rents lodging for a period of 30 days or less.

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All hotels, motels and other accommodation establishments in California are required to levy a Transient Occupancy Tax on transient occupiers of the accommodation. The rate levied varies from city to city within California. The tax coverage includes any structure or portion of a structure that is occupied by transients for dwelling, lodging or sleeping purposes, including hotels, bed and breakfast, boarding houses, apartments and dormitories.

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