tourist tax in Prague 1 – AirBnB

This is what you as AirBnB host need to know about the tourist tax in Prague 1, called “Místní poplatek za  lázeňský nebo rekreační pobyt”. This tax is different in each city district, you need to fill a different form and file it in a different place.

Somewhere below you’ll find my personal opinion on the topic if you are interested.

Important: I am not a lawyer and I do not give legal advise in any kind, ask your lawyer or tax adviser for such.

Main points on the tax

  • you need to keep a “book of guests”
  • it is 15 CZK per person per night  (not per bed!)
  • registration is done in 15min and is easy
  • you need to hand in a form sheet for it latest the 15th of the succeeding month
  • needs to be paid latest the 15th of the succeeding month
  • legally it is not a tax but rather a fee

How to get it done

Registration

  1. Check the website of Prague 1 on this subpage and download the form “Ohlášení k místnímu poplatku za lázeňský nebo rekreační pobyt” (link is on the right side)
  2. Fill the form on your computer and print it out
  3. Take the form, some identification document (passport/ID) and hand it in at their office (close to Lazarska tram stop) – currently they’re open only on Mondays and Wednesdays, check the website for address and opening times. Google Maps link
  4. You will get your form back stamped and with a variable symbol “VS” for doing the monthly transfers, takes 5min in the office. I have not seen queues there.
  5. you’re officially registered now, congrats!

 

Keeping account on your guests

You are obliged to keep a journal “Ubytovací kniha” on your guests and archive it for 6 years.  The journal must have following data for each stay:

  • name and surname
  • number of guests
  • full address and country
  • identification document type and number (passport or ID)
  • length of stay (we use check-in date and number of nights)
  • purpose of stay (e.g. tourism)

I’ve made a simple Excel sheet called “Ubytovací kniha” with that info as I was not able to find an official Ubytovací kniha in the papershops. If you want to order an official one check here or here or here or ask Google. You can also just have it on the computer as the guest signature is not obligatory.

It has the side effect of giving you more safety as your guest will show you an ID and we also have every entry signed by the guest.

Exempt are guests below 18 years and above 70 years, blind people and people with severe disabilities. Just make sure you can prove that..

Filing the reports and paying the fee

As the month is over you got to file a summary document “Hlášení k MP za lázeňský nebo rekreační pobyt”, get it from the website (link is on the right side). You fill there your full data and in the table below the time period, amount of occupied beds and days and the total payable amount. I got there e.g. “2014/07”, “25”, “25 x 6 = 150”.

You either post the form to the city, hand it in personally or use your databox (I recommend that, it costs nothing and saves you the regular walks) – databox ID of the dept. of finance of the Prague 1 is b4eb2my .

Parallel you pay the fee to the city by using their account number from the website and using the variable symbol that your received when you registered.

 

In case you are living in a different district of Prague and know how it works there please let me know, I’ll be happy to edit it here.

 

Further explanations

As by email from regarding city authority: The difference between “Místní poplatek z ubytovací kapacity” and “Místní poplatek za  lázeňský nebo rekreační pobyt” is that the first one is designated only for properties which are designated for hosting (like hotels, hostels etc., “ubytovací zařízení je zkolaudováno jako ubytovací zařízení”) whilst the 2nd one is for hosting in normal apartments as it is the case with most AirBnB listings.

Other districts of Prague

Follow the links to respective websites regarding tourist tax in other districts of Prague:

Prague 2 (form download), Prague 3Prague 4 Prague 5Prague 6Prague 7

Legal sources

My personal point on paying tourist tax

On AirBnB meetings I’ve not met exactly a lot of people paying tourist tax (1 out of 20 is my guess), a big quest who is even declaring the income..

This is what I think of the tourist tax “Místní poplatek z ubytovací kapacity”

I assume that the tourist tax is meant to help the city institution for tourism to do statistics about tourism in Prague. Those are very likely of importance for them.
As by the low amount it probably does not contribute a lot but for sure a bit to the budget of tourist related institutions.

We’ve seen in other cities that hosting short term guests (tourists as through AirBnB) has been limited (New York, Berlin) or completely forbidden (Singapore).
Whilst the driving force behind this are most likely the hotel businesses I would expect that the tourist related institutions have an important say.

When of Prague’s 3.000 hosts only about 25 hosts pay tourist tax then I am not surprised if they will loudly support initiatives to ban
AirBnB hosting here in Prague. The hotels pay that for sure..

For me it is a safe bet that Prague’s city legislation will deal in some way or the other with AirBnB hosts and I’d like to see the outcome to be good.