Puerto Vallarta ramps-up efforts to collect vacation rental taxes

The Secretary of Planning, Administration and Finance (Sepaf) will go after the owners of homes and apartments located in Puerto Vallarta to collect the 3% Lodging Tax required by law.

The head of the Secretariat of Tourism of Jalisco (Secturjal), Enrique Ramos Flores, indicated that the objective is to supervise the owners of the properties that provide the service of hotel-type services without paying the required 3% Lodging Tax.

“It is precisely in the process of the Sepaf, hand in hand with service providers, hoteliers and the people of the Tourism Promotion Trust, to try to identify and address them,” said the head of the Secturjal.

The state official added that private home and condo rentals is a popular option for travelers in Puerto Vallarta, but, he said, the owners are required to pay the 3% tax accordingly. The evasion, he added, affects the finances of the municipality and the growth of the hotel industry.

The Secretary of Tourism said that until last February, Jalisco captured 24 million pesos through the Lodging Tax administered by the Tourism Promotion Trust of Puerto Vallarta. This was an increase of 20% at annual rate.

According to the estimates, there are more than 1,000 apartments for rent and 25,000 hotel rooms in Puerto Vallarta. Only in 2016, the destination received 26 million visitors.

According to the Comprehensive Observatory of the Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas Tourism Region, one out of every four tourists who visit these destinations, located in Jalisco and Nayarit respectively, rent a house or apartment through the internet, making a “Virtual business” difficult to monitor.

src – Economista

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