The property owner is responsible for ensuring that Occupancy Tax is collected and remitted to Buncombe County for all applicable sales and fees. Some online services will collect the Occupancy Tax at the time of the reservation. Some of the online services will also remit the tax on the owner’s behalf, while some choose to send the tax collected to the owner for remittance. It will be the responsibility of the property owner to communicate with the online service and be clear on the extent of their involvement.
If a third party is collecting AND remitting Occupancy Tax for sales at your establishment, you will not need to remit any tax for those particular sales. There is a place on the monthly remittance form to subtract these sales before calculating the tax due.
Please note, in the event of an audit, the property owner would be required to produce documentation showing that a third party had remitted Occupancy Tax for any sales that the owner did not pay tax on.