Tourist Development Tax Goes Paperless in Palm Beach County
West Palm Beach, Fla. – Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon today announced a new enhancement to her agency’s website giving Tourist Development Tax (TDT) clients the ability to manage their accounts 24/7. The new Tourist Development Tax online portal was added to https://www.pbctax.com/ on August 1, 2018, and takes the Palm Beach County process a giant leap forward with 100% client self-service.
Tourist Development Tax clients are now required to manage their accounts using the online portal. Clients can create an account, file returns, remit payments, add and remove rental properties, update their contact information, request a refund and even authorize agents to act on their behalf. It is truly a one-stop shop for tourist development tax.
Prior to implementing its paperless process, the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office mailed returns and manually processed payments in excess of $49 million annually. In its first month, the agency collected $2.7 million in tourist development taxes through the online portal for the July rental period. This amount is in line with collections for the same period last year.
“We are excited to offer our clients this new service,” said Tax Collector Gannon. “The online process is so much easier and will make TDT transactions more efficient. Automatic email reminders will decrease the likelihood of late payments and penalties. Our clients will be thrilled to know the days of submitting monthly paperwork and paying for postage are history.”
Tourist Development Tax strengthens our local economy by supporting Palm Beach County's tourism industry. The tax supports tourism promotion and funds beach restoration, art and cultural events and professional sports facilities. The Sports Commission, Film & Television Commission and cultural non-arts (such as museums, zoos, and historical society) also benefit from Tourist Development Tax revenue.
Anyone who offers accommodations for short term rental (six months or less) is required to collect Tourist Development Tax which is 6 percent of total taxable rental receipts. A TDT return must be filed and payment remitted monthly by the 20th. If there is no rental activity, a return must still be filed indicating $0.00 due. Failure to collect and remit Tourist Development Tax is a theft of state funds and carries felony charges.
For more information on the new online portal including instructions, please visit www.pbctax.com/TDT, call the TDT Hotline (561) 355-3547 or email us at email@example.com. Follow the Palm Beach County Tax Collector on Twitter and Instagram (@TAXPBC).
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|Contact:||Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector|