The City imposes a tax in the amount of 10 percent of the amount of rent charged for occupying a hotel room. This tax is required to be collected from guests by hotel operators for occupancies within the City of Mountain View. The complete details of the tax are contained in Chapter 33 of the Mountain View City Code.
All hotels and short-term rentals must register by completing the application found here. The form needs to be signed, dated and mailed to City of Mountain View, Finance & Admin Services Department, PO Box 7540, Mountain View, California, 94039.
All operators of hotels, as defined in the code, are required to pay the tax to the City each quarter and to file a Transient Occupancy Tax Return with the payment. The tax payment, reporting periods and tax return due dates are as follows:
It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure payment is received or postmarked by the due date in order to avoid late penalties and interest. Any remittance is considered delinquent if not received or postmarked by the due date.
A 10 percent penalty shall be added to taxes not paid by the due date. An additional 10 percent penalty shall be added if the original tax and penalty is not remitted within 30 days of the first delinquency period. In addition to the penalties, interest at the rate of 1/2 percent per month or fraction of a month shall be imposed on any delinquent payment until the remittance paid.
Exemptions are provided for government employees on official business and occupancies longer than 30 days. Consult the code for the exemption requirements. All operators that are claiming exemptions must complete the appropriate exemption form and include it with the Transient Occupancy Tax Return .