On the 1st of January came in force the accommodation tax, the so-called "City Tax", adopted by the Berlin Senate. The Berlin City Tax is due for payment for bookings made from the 1st of January and affects all private stays. The city Tax amounts to 5 % of the room rate (net price) excluding VAT and fees for amenities and services. The tax is collected by us and then transferred to the state budget.
Business travelers are exempt from the City Tax and do not have to pay. That is why we need to clear out the purpose of your trip. You simply fill the information in the registration card during the check in.
We are kindly asking you to understand, that it is our duty to levy the tax in order to fulfil the requirements of the Senate.
Generally it means:
- We, as a hotel, must clarify the purpose of your trip-if it is private or business. Should the relevant information be not provided, the accommodation is assessed as private.
- You can prove the business purpose of a trip. It can be verified by a bill that is paid by or issued to the employer, or a letter from the company. The private entrepreneurs and the owners of the companies can return the tax their selves when providing the evidence of the business purpose of the trip.
- In case of private trip the tax will be added to the hotel bill. As a hotel we have no influence on the extra costs mentioned and responsible to the Senate.
It concerns all touristic hotel stays and comes to 5% of a net overnight stay price per night. It will not be charged only if a hotel customer proves with a special blank that he is on a business trip. In other cases, the hotel has to charge the tax in order to pay it to the city government.
The land of Berlin provides following documents: