January 31, 2020
Information for Short-Term Rental Owners and Managers
The Town of Winter Park has entered into Voluntary Collection Agreements with both Homeaway (VRBO) and Airbnb effective February 1, 2020.
Under these agreements, Homeaway (VRBO) and Airbnb will begin collecting and remitting local sales tax to the Town of Winter Park on all reservations (bookings) made on or after February 1, 2020.
You are responsible for collecting and remitting the local 7% sales tax to the Town of Winter Park on any reservations (bookings) made prior to February 1st regardless of the stay dates or the date you receive payment from Homeaway (VRBO) or Airbnb.
For example, if you have a reservation for a stay in March 2020 that was booked by the guest in January 2020, you will be responsible for collecting and remitting local tax on this reservation. If you have a reservation in March 2020 that was booked by the guest in February 2020, Homeaway (VRBO) or Airbnb will be responsible for collecting and remitting the local 7% sales tax to the Town of Winter Park. Please note the local 7% sales tax is due on all gross revenues generated from your short-term rental for stays less than 30 days. Gross revenues include nightly rental fees, cleaning fees and all non-optional fees charged to your renters.
A valid business license is still required for your short-term rental in compliance with Winter Park Town Code.
We recommend you reach out to Homeaway (VRBO) and Airbnb directly to obtain a list of future reservations for your property as of January 31, 2020. You will need this information to file upcoming sales tax reports. We also recommend you contact Homeaway (VRBO) and/or Airbnb to confirm your tax remittance responsibility.
If you have questions about this, please contact Susan Kauber at (970) 726-8081x216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.