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SLO County extends deadline for Transient Occupancy Tax due to COVID-19

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 13:59:49-04

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, San Luis Obispo County is extending an upcoming tax deadline for commercial lodging businesses and vacation rentals.

In a press release from the County of San Luis Obispo Government Center, county officials said the deadline extension only applies to unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. Incorporated cities may have slightly different rules for businesses.

Payment of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) collected in the unincorporated areas during February and March may be paid by Aug. 31 to avoid penalty or interest, said the press release.

However, payment deadlines will return to their regular due dates starting with April TOT collections, which are due by May 30, said county officials.

To qualify for waiver of penalties or interest on February and March TOT payments, operators must file their February and March TOT returns on standard deadlines (plus seven-day grace period), as well as include payment of County Business Improvement District and Tourism Management District assessments, county officials said.

Questions about TOT payments can be directed to the Tax Collector's public service counter at 805-781-5831. Staff will be available to speak on the phone Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to county officials.