Online Platforms Registered to Collect and Remit the 6% Tourist Development Tax to the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office

The Pinellas County Tax Collector entered into agreements with the below platforms to ensure our county will receive the tourist development taxes due from every Pinellas County property owner (host) whose booking is paid through these registered platforms.

These platforms will collect and remit the taxes paid through their site on behalf of their hosts.  However – if the host contracts with a third-party that advertises on one of these platforms and the payment goes through the third-party and not the registered platform – the host is still responsible for remitting the taxes on their bookings.

The tourist development tax is used for promoting tourism, beach nourishment, museums, aquariums, sports, and arts and culture which benefit our citizens and county.

The registered platforms are listed below in random order with the applicable effective date:

  • Airbnb – Bookings effective December 1, 2015 forward.
  • HomeAway – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • TripAdvisor – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • FlipKey – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • Misterb&b – Bookings effective June 1, 2018 forward.
  • HolidayLettings- Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • HouseTrip – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • Niumba – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • VacationHomeRentals – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.
  • VacationRentals – Bookings effective October 1, 2018 forward.

Examples with October 1, 2018, effective date:

On September 30, 2018, a customer books a rental taking place January 2019. Since the rental was booked prior to October 1, 2018, the individual that receives the payment is responsible for remitting the tourist development tax to the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office.

On October 1, 2018, a customer books a rental taking place in January 2019. The owner requires the guest to remit the payment directly through the platform. The platform will collect and remit the tourist development taxes to the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office.