On October 18, 2016, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners voted to transfer the responsibilities of Tourist Tax collection from the Tax Collector’s office to the Florida Department of Revenue. While my staff and I are disappointed we will no longer have a role in this function, we are committed to ensuring you have a seamless transition. Effective April 1, 2017, you will be required to file returns and remit payments for Tourist (Bed) Tax to the Florida Department of Revenue. Until then please continue submitting your payments to our Office through March 2017.
Any questions regarding to the transition of these services should be direct to the Florida Department of Revenue or the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioner’s office. For your records, their contact information is below.
Florida Department of Revenue
Okaloosa County BOCC
We have strived to provide exceptional service to each of you, as our valued partner and TDT Stakeholder. Together we have achieved great successes through our Fair Share Program, Online Registration and Payment Process. We have also identified and required registration of the online Rental Owners and Management Companies – VRBO, Airbnb, and others.
During the past three years each of you have been instrumental in helping us: (1) Increase registered participants by 25%, (2) Increase annual collections of TDT by 34% and (3) Increase the TDT Trust Fund to over $50 million dollars. Now, the County Tourist Development Department and the Tourist Development Council (TDC) are in an unprecedented position to help you grow our Tourist Industry. We wish all of you great success.
It has been our esteem pleasure to serve you for the last 3 years by collecting the Tourist Tax. I want to specifically recognize the members of our Business Collections Department – Joshua Allen, Director, Carmen Zugai and Laura Scott, our Business Collections Specialists.
With kind regards,
Okaloosa County Tax Collector