Tourist tax, what is it ?Tourist tax is a levy. Anyone who travels away from home for more than 24 hours, and stays in "commercial" accommodation is subject to the tourist tax. It applies to anyone not domiciled in the village, who doesn't have a residence permit which would make them liable for residence tax.
WHO COLLECTS IT?Accommodation owners collect the tourist tax: hotels, campsites, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes, holiday camps, owners of seasonal rented accommodation, ports, etc.
The total tourist tax should be clearly stated in their prices. The amount depends on the type of accommodation and its classification.
The amount is set each year following the decision of the Syndicat Intercommunal à Vocation Unique des communes de l'Ouest Var, the organisation responsible for collecting the tourist tax which is associated with the West Var Tourist Office.
At Six Fours, La Seyne and Ollioules, the tourist tax is applicable throughout the year, per day per person over the age of 18.
HOW?1) If the price displayed includes the tourist tax you don't need to do anything, your host will pay the amount directly to the tax agency. However the bill for your accommodation should itemise the services (bed, breakfast, etc.) and the tourist tax.
2) If the price doesn't include the tourist tax: by agreement with their host, the customer should (ideally) make out a cheque to the Trésor Public (Public Revenue Office) or pay in cash, for the total amount of the duration of stay depending on the number of nights and people (over 18) multiplied by the amount of the tourist tax.