Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)

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Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)

Dates to Remember
Filing Month Due Date*
January Feb 28/29
February March 31
March April 30
April May 31
May June 30
June July 31
July August 31
August Sept 30
September Oct 31
October Nov 30
November Dec 31
December Jan 31
* If due date falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are due the next business day

San Francisco residents who rent out any portion of their residence must collect a 14% tax, known as Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), in addition to the rental amount that they charge their guests. This tax is paid by the guest, so the guest will be charged 14% on top of your listed rental fee. Rental of all or a portion of your residential unit for periods of less than 30 consecutive nights is considered a Short-Term Residential Rental. 

Short-Term Residential Rental is a "Host" and a website company, or any other person acting as merchant of record who receives rent in connection with an occupancy transaction, is an "Operator". Operator/Host receives rent from a guest must collect TOT (including TID and MED where applicable) from the guest and remit to the San Francisco Office of Treasurer & Tax Collector along with a tax filing. If more than one operator/host is involved in a rental transaction, all of the operators share responsibility for ensuring that the Office of Treasurer & Tax Collector receives the taxes paid by the guest.

Hosts/Operators need a Certificate of Authority (COA), which gives permission to collect taxes from guests and remit them to the City.  If you use only a Qualified Website Company for your listings, earn $40,000 or less in rent per year,  or have a total combined revenue of $250,000 or less per year from all parking and residential rental operations; and request to be a Small Operator, a COA is not required.

Operators/Hosts are required to:

  • Timely file monthly tax and assessment statements.
  • Timely send a monthly payment of the transient occupancy taxes and assessments collected.
  • Have an approved Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate of Authority (COA) issued by the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector.
  • Possess valid license/permits as issued by the S.F. Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Public Health, and Department of Building Inspection.


Monthly Operator TOT, TID & MED Online Filing:  TOT: btn_File & Pay

Monthly Operator TOT, TID, & MED Paper Filing / Use to AMEND a previous tax filing - Paper Form (pdf)

Annual Small Operator TOT (Residential Host) Filing:  TOT: btn_File & Pay



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