Will there be an audit conducted on my revenue?
  • Every operator shall keep records of every occupancy and of all rent paid, charged or due.  Records shall be available for inspection and examination at any time upon demand by the Treasurer or his duly authorized agent or employee and shall be preserved for a period of three (3) years, except that the Treasurer may consent to their destruction within that period or may require that they be kept longer.

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1. Why do I have to pay this tax?
2. When did the room tax law go into effect?
3. What if I only rent in the summer, do I still have to document the rest of the year and send in the forms?
4. Can I pay one lump sum at the end of the year or during tax season?
5. Do I still have to pay if my revenue is less than the cost of operation?
6. Is this just a Schuyler County tax?
7. Do I still have to register with the County if I am exclusively using AirBnB?
8. What if I don’t report my revenue?
9. Where does the collected money go?
10. What if I don’t provide any housekeeping, linen, or other customary hotel services?
11. Do I also need to pay sales tax?
12. How do I dissolve my State given ID# when I no longer conduct business?
13. Do I have to display the “Certificate of Authority” when my family is staying at the rental? Not paying customers.
14. I know of others who are renting and not paying Room Tax, why?
15. Can you tell me who pays?
16. Is there a minimum gross amount that doesn’t require taxes to be paid/what if I only rent my house/room for two weeks out of the year?
17. Will there be an audit conducted on my revenue?
18. What if a down payment was received in one quarter but the remainder was received in a different quarter?
19. What if there is a charge for a pet or a charge for damage to my property? Is that included in my gross income and therefore taxed?
20. What if I use a website to schedule my rentals? Such as AirBnB or VRBO.
21. What if I am paying late?