Dear Hotel/Motel Owner:
The Hamilton County Trustee is charged with the responsibility of collecting hotel-motel
occupancy taxes for Hamilton County, the City of Chattanooga, and the City of East
Ridge. You, the owner, act as an agent of the County and City when receiving tax
money from your guests.
Timely filing of occupancy tax reports and payments is essential. At the close of
each month, both reports and monies are due in the Trustee’s office no later than
the 20th of the following month. For example, occupancy taxes collected during the
month of June must be in our office by July 20th. The one exception to
this rule occurs when the 20th of the month falls on a weekend. In that instance,
the deadline will be extended to Monday of that week. Please be aware that
in addition to interest and penalty, Public Act 2004, Chapter No. 900 sets the fine
for delinquent hotel-motel tax payments at $50.00 per day and clarifies the additional
authority needed to successfully collect the County and City’s money.
On behalf of Hamilton County, the City of Chattanooga, and the City of East Ridge,
I want thank each of you who remit the hotel-motel taxes on time. For those few
who are delinquent, I encourage you to bring your accounts up to date and exercise
diligence in keeping them current. Please call or stop by my office anytime that
I may be of assistance to you.
Bill Hullander Trustee