City taxes are used to charge guests for any local fees and taxes, like the Resort tax for example. They are added to the price specified by the rate. If your price per night includes those local fees, you do not need this specific function. However, if it doesn't, you should set the city taxes and then select them in your rate plans. Then the system will automatically post the amounts you have specified.
City taxes differ from actual taxes. The former are posted as charges on guests' folios and then these charges also appear in revenue reports. City taxes are not calculated as a percentage of the respective room rates, but are added as absolute amounts to these room rates. The city taxes themselves can be taxed. In contrast to them, actual taxes are calculated as a percentage of the respective charges.
To set the city taxes
- go to menu Other/Settings/City tax
- Type in a name for the tax
- If some of the nights are exempt from this tax, specify how many in 'Skip nights'.
- Sometimes you only pay local taxes up to a certain number of nights. If this is your case, specify how many nights at most are charged in 'Max nights'.
- Select the currency of the tax.
- If this local tax is subject to some other tax, specify its rate in 'Tax%'.
Then set the amount of the city tax payable in 'Tax seasons'.
Select the starting date of the season. If your tax does not change with the season, just define one season and it will apply for the whole year. The amount of the city tax can be a fixed amount per night or per person, a percentage (usually of the night price), or a combination of both.