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US citizens and tax on hotels?

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US citizens and tax on hotels?


please help me understand. I am booking a hotel in Santiago and on ALL the web sites it calls for about 19% tax. There is no way you can get out of subtracting this as it is called (for us stupid people) a "recovery fee". I called each site and told them that US citizens DO NOT pay this tax on hotels in Chile and they didn't know what I was talking about.

I called the hotel chains and they didn't either.

Can anyone elaborate?

This goes for any US chain, by the way.

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1. Re: US citizens and tax on hotels?

The 19% is sales tax, VAT. If you are a visitor to Chile and show your passport with the copy of your entrance card, you are exempt from this tax. It has nothing to do with any particular nationality and is available to all tourists.

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2. Re: US citizens and tax on hotels?

The other stipulation is that you must also use cash USD or foreign credit card for payment.

Be aware not all places are setup for this, especially budget lodgings.

When this option is available, they will make a copy of your passport and tourist card for their tax records.

.... Whoa, just felt a small temblor here on the coast.

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3. Re: US citizens and tax on hotels?

I could be wrong but my experience with this tax was that it was waived only if you presented your passport and entry slip AND paid in foreign currency.

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