Resort Tax Collections
Resort Tax Collections by Fiscal Year
If you are interested in resort tax collections from previous years, please view the following:
For consistency, unaudited resort tax collections will be updated by the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Since Resort tax remittances are not due until the end of the month following the month they are collected, resort tax collections will not be reported until approximately 10 days after the due date. (For Example: July resort tax collections will be released by the second Wednesday of September.)
Who Collects Resort Tax
Businesses and short-term vacation rental owners located within the boundaries of the Big Sky Resort Area District are required, by law, to collect the 4% resort tax on all luxury items and services sold with the exception of specific exempted items. All rental agreements for all lodging facilities, except rental agreements for a rental of a facility or unit to the same user for thirty (30) consecutive days or more and employee housing regardless of duration or location within the District.
For clarification on who is required to collect the resort tax and what items and services are subject to the tax, review the following documents:
The Districts Legal Ordinance No. 98-01-ORD which denotes the details of goods and services subject to and exempted from the resort tax.
Ordinance 98-01, as Amended
Registered Business Directory (updates daily)
New Business Resources
Visit our Business Resources page for help navigating the registration process and start off on the right foot as a new business.
Lodging STR FAQ
Event Vendor FAQ
Compliance Audit Selection Policy
Tax Guide for Outfitters
Tax Guide for Online Sales
Montana State Lodging Facility Sales & Use Tax Guide
Business Registration-Operating FAQ
VRBO/HomeAway collects and remits the resort tax on behalf of property owners. VRBO/HomeAway began collecting the resort tax on bookings taken January 1, 2020. For bookings taken prior to January 1, 2020, owners should collect and remit the resort tax via MUNIRevs.
AirBnb will begin collecting the resort tax and remitting on behalf of property owners on July 1, 2020. Any taxes on bookings taken through June 30, 2020 must be collected and remitted by the owner or property manager through MUNIRevs.
For more information view: AirBnB Collections FAQs [PDF]
FlipKey does not collect the resort tax. Property owners or managers renting through FlipKey, Craigslist, etc. must remit the 4% resort tax separately through MUNIRevs. All short term rentals are required to complete registration on an annual basis.
How to Remit the Tax Collected
If your business or vacation rental is located within the boundaries of the District and you are selling goods or services subject to the tax, you must register with the District and begin collecting and remitting the tax.
Tax remittances are due by the last day of the month following the month in which they were collected. If you collect less than $1,000 of resort taxes on an annual basis, tax remittances are due by the last day of the month following the end of the quarter.
Resort Tax is now using MUNIRevs, an online tax collection system to provide a secure, online tool for businesses to file tax returns, and submit payments. Visit our MUNIRevs Website to register and begin remitting. MUNIRevs offers support and is ready to assist with any questions you have. Unlimited phone and web support is available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm by contacting MUNIRevs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 751-1911. We recommend emailing for fastest response – be sure to include your business name or six digit account number in all support inquiries, as well. If you’ve previously made payments, you’ve been assigned a six digit account number. If yours is only four digits, please add two zeros at the beginning.
Effective February 1, 2019, any paper check payments or paper remittance forms submitted via mail or directly to First Security Bank will be subject to a $25 processing fee. Resolution 2018-02-R 12.12.18
You may retain 5% of what you collect as an Administrative Fee for your time spent collecting and remitting the tax. When you are filing the taxes collected on MUNIRevs, it will walk you through how to do this.
Late Tax Remittances
You must submit a remittance each month or quarter (depending on your operating schedule) even if you didn’t collect any taxes for the period. Once a late payment is made, the taxes are assessed interest and a late fee.
Interest is charged on late payments at 12% per annum: or 1% for each month the payment is overdue i.e. 1% for 1 month overdue, 2% for 2 months overdue, 3% for 3 months overdue, etc.
Late fees are as follows:
0-5 days – $0 (5-day grace period)
5 days – 1 month late – $30
2 months late – $60
3 months late – $90
4 months late – $120
5 months late or more – $150
Remember, it is always best to communicate with the District office if you know a remittance will be late.
Please click the link below to view the full Delinquency Procedures which are in effect as of August 3, 2023.
Closures and Zero Tax Collections
If your business or short-term rental will be closing for business, not to reopen, please contact the District office so that your account can be closed.
Unless the District office has been notified of a seasonal closure, you must submit a zero file tax return every month, even if you had zero tax collection transactions; simply enter zero on the tax form and submit as usual. Please click the link below to view a step by step guide for filing a zero return.