If you are managing a holiday rental in Barcelona then you must be familiar with the “impuesto sobre las estancias turísticas”, a.k.a. the tourist tax. In 2012, Cataluña implemented a new tax for anyone using hospitality services for their stay in the region.
In Europe, Cataluña is no exception, as such taxes are implemented in several major cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Lisboa or Berlin. All these cities have a tax for tourists staying overnight. The cost of the tax can either be a fixed amount per night or a percentage of the night’s price.
Who needs to pay for it? How does it work? What is it used for? You will find all the answer in this article.
3 essential facts most people do not know about the tourist tax in Barcelona!
How much does it cost?
The price per night depends on the category of the establishment. Therefore, the prices can vary between €2,48 and €0,65 for a maximum of 7 nights per stay. Concerning holiday rentals, they fall in the same category as 5 stars hotels and will cost €2,48 per guests over 16 years old per night.
The total price will then depend on the duration of the stay and the number of guests, whereas in other cities like Berlin the tax is 5% of the total price of the reservation regardless of the number of guests.
The hotels or holiday rentals manager is free to collect this tax in whichever way is more convenient for them and it is generally seen as a good practice to collect it during the check-in or before arrival.
Who needs to pay?
This often is a source of confusion for the person and companies managing holiday rentals. And this confusion comes from the fact that they are the intermediary between the tourists and the region collecting the tax.
Their only role is to collect the taxes from the guests and hand it to the region twice a year, from the 1st to the 20th of October and April, respectively for the April to September and October to March periods. All this process can be done online directly on the website of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Basic information will be required as for example the number of units (number of nights) and the holiday rental to which it corresponds.
What purpose does it serve?
The objective of this tax is to limit tourism’s negative consequences on the city or region. In this model, the tourists themselves are supporting the development of the city or region that they visit. Therefore, what is collected is reinvested on the region itself.
For example, Barcelona received 5 million euros in 2018, which represents 50% of what has been collected in Catalunya in 2017. This money will be spent into renewal projects in different neighbourhoods of the city as well as in the cultural heritage and cultural events.
Want to find out how to proceed with the payment for the tourist tax? Download this Guide on How to Declare Tourist Tax.