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The VAF Return Form must be mailed to or filed at the City of Monterey Finance Department, accompanied by remittance for taxes due, and will be due on the 15th day of the following month. New, property-specific monthly reporting forms are available on this web page.
Before you begin, please review the VAF Guidelines to ensure all rent and applicable fees are included in the amount reported.
Thank you for remitting your VAF return!
Find your hotel. They are listed in alphabetical order. The files are online-fillable in Adobe PDF.
In the event that the due date falls on Saturday, Sunday or a holiday which causes the City offices to be closed, the due date will become the first working day following the Saturday, Sunday or holiday. Failure of City to provide a return form does not excuse operator from the obligation to timely remit the tax.
* A penalty of 10% shall be added to the taxes not paid within the required time. After 60 days an additional 10% of the amount of the tax shall be assessed. Interest shall also be added at the rate of 1% per month, or fraction thereof, on the tax from the date on which the remittance first became delinquent until paid.
Lauren Lai, CPA
Jordan Cupps, CPA
Assistant Finance Director
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Revenue – Accounts Receivable, Pet Licenses, Business Licenses
735 Pacific Street, Suite A
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: (831) 655-0562
All VAF operators in the City are required to file a TOT return and pay the 12% of rent due on a monthly basis pursuant to City of Monterey "Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance" (No. 1405 C.S.)
Monterey City Code: Chapter 35, Article 3 Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax
Once in the City Code, click on the bar at the left to read specific sections of the ordinance. The sections begin at 35-10 Definitions and end at 35-22 Violations.
In February 2014, VAF owners voted to authorize City Council to levy a special tax and to issue debt to finance the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Monterey Conference Center (MCC). As established in the Rate and Method of Apportionment (the "RMA"), the special tax went into effect July 1, 2014.
Learn more about the CCFD:
- Rate and Method of Apportionment
- City Ordinance No. 3496 C.S.
- Monterey Conference Center
The Monterey County Tourism Improvement District (MCTID) was established in 2007. The proceeds from the MCTID assessment are used to administer marketing programs to promote the County of Monterey as a tourism destination and to fund projects, programs and activities that benefit lodging businesses within the district.
The assessment levied on all lodging businesses within the city of Monterey is $2.00 per occupied room night for full service VAF and $1.00 per occupied night for limited service VAF.
All of the assessments imposed are reviewed by City Council annually, based on the annual reports prepared by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The City is entitled to retain one percent (1%) of the assessments collected to defer the administrative costs incurred.
Reference: Chapter 18, Article 4 of the City code.
Once in the City Code, click on the bar at the left to read specific sections of the ordinance. The sections begin at 18-41 Authority and end at 18-54 Administrative Fee.