What is the Hotel Room Rental Tax, and how does the County use the money?

Under Chester County Ordinance #2019-2, every business holding itself out as a “hotel” must apply a 5% tax  to each and every rental of a room with a bed. Other communities throughout the country sometimes refer to this type of tax as a bed tax, lodging tax, occupancy tax or transiency tax. Depending on the size or class of the county and the intended use of the collected revenue, some counties may apply a higher tax rate. In Chester County all but 4% of collected hotel tax dollars is paid over to the Chester County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The intended purpose is to provide the CCCVB with enough funding to allow them to market Chester County in a highly competitive tourism market. The process is cyclical in nature. That is, we generate revenue through taxes from transients in order to successfully promote our community to those we hope will return again.

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1. To whom do I make checks payable?
2. When are tax bills sent out?
3. What are the tax due dates for annual County taxes?
4. When is the absolute last day I can pay my Chester County Tax?
5. To whom are tax bills usually sent?
6. What should I do if I'm a property owner who does not have a mortgage and did not receive a tax bill?
7. How do I get my address changed for tax billing purposes?
8. What alternatives are there for paying my tax bill?
9. Can I pay my Township or School taxes at the Treasurer's Office?
10. What is the current millage rate?
11. Is Chester County Government the tax authority for a Local Earned Income Tax?
12. How can I obtain a receipt as proof of payment?
13. How long it takes to process a Tax Certification request?
14. If I fax my completed Tax Certification form to the office, will it speed up the process?
15. What is the Hotel Room Rental Tax, and how does the County use the money?
16. Who must register for Hotel Room Rental Tax?
17. How do I register my hotel (motel, bed & breakfast business, inn, guest house)?
18. What is the Hotel Tax rate?
19. Is anyone exempt from the Hotel Room Rental Tax?
20. Where can I find hotel tax forms?
21. When is the Hotel Tax due?
22. How often must I file a hotel tax report?
23. What is the meal exemption?
24. If I purchase my hunting license in January, is it good for the entire year?
25. Can I purchase a fishing license online?
26. Who can purchase a lifetime fishing license?
27. Do all dogs need to be licensed?
28. Where can I purchase a dog license?
29. Do I have to renew my dog license every year?
30. Are reduced rates available to seniors or the disabled for Dog Licenses?
31. What should I do if I find a lost dog?
32. Can anyone purchase a license for Small Games of Chance or Bingo?
33. Does my application for Small Games of Chance & Bingo have to be notarized?
34. If I have a concealed weapon's permit, do I still need a pistol permit?
35. If I am a non-resident, can I still apply for a Pennsylvania Pistol Permit?
36. What can I do if I lose my pistol permit?
37. I received a check from the Office of The Treasurer of Chester County and I do not know why.
38. I received a check for $100 and the name of my deceased relative appears on the stub. What is this amount for, and why did I receive it?