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Tourist Development Tax  |  Tourist Tax on Short Term Rental Properties 


The Taylor County Board of County Commissioners has adopted a Tourist Development Tax on each transient accommodation in Taylor County.  The Tourist Development Tax is administered by the Tax Collector’s Office.

Transient accommodations are living quarters or other accommodations in any hotel; apartment hotel; motel; resort motel; apartment motel; rooming house; mobile home park; recreational vehicle park; including each site; rental house, or condominium, that is rented for a period of six months or less.

The Tourist Development Tax rate is set at 5%.  It is an add-on tax, like the state sales tax, and is collected from the tenant at the time rent or accommodation charges are collected.

The owners of the listed properties, as well as applicable property managers or operators of such facilities, are responsible for collecting the tax from their tenants and remitting said tax to the Taylor County Tax Collector.   

Tourist Development Taxes are remitted monthly, with payments due on the 1st of the month following collection from tenants, and are considered delinquent if not paid or postmarked by the 20th of the month.

An application for a Tourist Development Tax Account may be obtained online from the Tax Collector’s website www.taylorcountytaxcollector.com.




  1. Obtain Tourist Tax Account Number: application can be completed at the Tax Collector’s office.  No other license is required for this process.

  2. Obtain a license from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: at 7946 Front Beach Road, Panama City, FL 32407-4817 or call 850-487-1395.

  3. Obtain Business Tax Receipt: if rental property is managed by a management company, then both the management company and the owner of the property must obtain a business tax receipt.  We cannot issue this license without obtaining the license for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  For more information contact the Tax Collector’s office at 850-838-3580.

  4. Obtain a State Sales Tax Number from the Florida Department of Revenue: at 2410 Allen Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312-2603 or call 850-488-9719.

If you have any questions, contact our Tax Department at 850-838-3580.


Download Taylor County Tourist Development Tax Application

Download Taylor County Tourist Development Tax Return