Óbidos will charge Tourist Tax beginning January 2022


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Following the example of several Portuguese municipalities with high tourist occupation, as of January 1, 2022 the Municipality of Óbidos will also begin to charge Tourist Tax.


The Municipal Tourist Tax in Óbidos will be applied in all Tourist Accommodation establishments located in the Municipality of Óbidos. The value is 1 euro, per person and per night, up to a maximum of 5 consecutive nights, for all guests aged 13 and over. 


This tax will be used towards supporting costs with activities and investments related to tourism. These include tourist information and support services, strengthening the safety of people and property, maintenance works, urban/territorial/patrimonial and environmental qualification of public spaces, as well creating new infrastructures for cultural, artistic and leisure centres.



I own a hotel or Alojamento Local business in Óbidos. What do I have to do? 


If you own a hotel or Alojamento Local establishment located in Óbidos, you must register your tourist accommodation unit on the Municipality's electronic platform: https://www.cm-obidos.pt/atendimento. To find out more about this process, please see the following video on the Óbidos Municipal Portal: https://www.cm-obidos.pt/servicos-online-video


After registering on the platform, you must complete the form "Registo Inicial de Entidades Singulares ou Coletivas" (this form is in Portuguese), available on the tab Serviços Online / Atendimento Online / Formulários / Outras Áreas / Ver todos / Turismo / Taxa Turística (this form will be available in the coming days). 


This registration must be done with the Taxpayer number of the entity that manages the tourist accommodation establishment and which was used to obtain its license.



What is the deadline for registering my tourist accommodation establishment on the platform?


Hotel or Alojamento Local businesses must register on the Municipality’s electronic platform until 30 days after the tourist tax comes into force (January 31, 2022), or 30 days after starting activity. 


However, all tourist accommodation establishments in Óbidos must start collecting the Tourist Tax as of January 1, 2022, regardless of whether it is registered on the municipal platform.



How do I pay the Municipality of Óbidos the Tourist Tax owed?


By the 15th of each month, all tourist accommodation businesses must declare the number of overnight stays registered the previous month. 


This information must be sent through the electronic platform, every month, regardless of whether there is a tax to be paid.


Within two working days, an ATM payment reference will be provided to transfer the amount to the Municipality. Payment must then be made within 10 working days.


The payment of the amounts collected in January 2022 must be declared by February 15, 2002 on the platform and paid until 10 days after receipt of the payment references.



How do I invoice this Tourist Tax to clients?


The amount of Tourist Tax due must be determined separately on invoices for accommodation services or can be subject to separate invoicing.


The Tourist Tax must be described on the invoice as "municipal tourist tax/town tax/taux de séjour".



What happens if I don’t register my business or forget to pay the Tourist Tax?


It is the Municipality of Óbidos' responsibility to supervise compliance with this new Regulation. To do so, the Municipality has the right to request information from any accommodation establishment located in Óbidos.


For clarification of doubts or additional questions, you can contact the Municipality of Óbidos through the email address: taxaturistica@cm-obidos.pt.



To know more about Tourist Taxes in Portugal, please click here: https://www.portugal-accounting.com/post/tourist-tax-in-portugal.


If you have any questions regarding the implications of this Tourist Tax on your business or would like to request Portugal Accounting’s services with this legal obligation, our team of experienced Accounts will be happy to help you. Please contact us for more information.