What types of stays are exempt from the tax? How does this work?

Permanent residents are exempt. Under the City of Ithaca’s room tax law, a permanent resident is defined as anyone renting the property for more than 30 consecutive days. Certain types of stays that have a charitable or government purpose may be exempt. To qualify as an exempt stay, the guest must provide a valid New York State sales tax exemption certificate to the operator. Absent this certificate being received by the operator, the stay is taxable.

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1. Who is required to file for City of Ithaca hotel room occupancy tax collection and payment?
2. How do I register?
3. When is tax due?
4. How do I pay the tax?
5. What if I did not collect any tax during a given quarter?
6. How do I calculate the tax?
7. Are there late fees and penalties?
8. How should I reference the tax on the customer bill?
9. What do the tax revenues support?
10. Why did the City of Ithaca create this tax?
11. Who else is supporting the Downtown Ithaca Conference Center?
12. Are the Tompkins County Hotel Room Occupancy Tax and the City of Ithaca Hotel Room Occupancy Tax the same thing?
13. I am an Airbnb host. How do I collect and pay the tax? Doesn’t Airbnb collect and remit the City room tax on my behalf?
14. What types of stays are exempt from the tax? How does this work?
15. I still have questions. Who should I reach out to?
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