Rome’s tourist tax
December 7th, 2010 by elisa

Rome is planning to go ahead with an accommodation tax on 1st January 2011.

The city council said the ‘Contributo di Soggiorno’ would be introduced despite the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) expressing concerns about how the money would be collected.

Councillor Frederico Guidi said: “In order for the city of Rome not to tax Romans, we have decided to tax the tourists.”

The tax will be €3 per night for guests at four and five star hotels and €2 per night for guests staying in all other accommodation. Children under 2 and youth hostels are the only exemptions from the tax.

 The maximum number of nights taxable per stay is 10. Guests will be advised about the tax upon arrival by written notices and must pay for it upon check-out.

UK tour operators can collect the money on their clients’ behalf in advance, but the ETOA said: “‘This is like being on a plane and being charged extra to leave. As the Comune will be extracting money with an ‘instant’ tax, tour operators should not be expected to do this work for them”.

It has not been clarified if the tax attracts IVA (VAT). Alessandro Vannini, President of the Commission for Tourism and Fashion, conceded that the first few months could be chaotic.

This final confirmation of the tax is unlikely to come before the 20th of December however, and it may yet be challenged in the local courts.

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