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Hotel tax?

From reading posts from 2008 and earlier, I got the impression that the hotel tax (19%?) in Chile is not payable by hotel guests with foreign passports. Can anyone tell me if that's still true? We're staying in Santiago for three nights later this month.

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1. Re: Hotel tax?

The tax is now 20%. it is not payable if you pay with dollars ( or any other foriegn currency the hotel will accept) or with a non-Chilean credit card.

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2. Re: Hotel tax?

Not all lodging offers it and it is not obligatory for them to do so. Check with your hotel.

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3. Re: Hotel tax?

The tax that foreigners are exempt from paying is VAT, and its still 19%. However, the property must be a hotel, resort, cabin or other tourism related estate. Some Apart Hotels are registered with the Tax Authorities (Servicio de Impuestos Internos) as short term apartment rentals, therefore aren't authorized to deduct the VAT. To be on the safe side, be sure to confirm with your hotel.

The beneficiary must present a foreign passport and the Immigration document given at the port of entry, and pay the bill in foriegn currency or a foreign credit card.

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4. Re: Hotel tax?

So...

--The IVA tax is still 19%

--Only lodging establishments that have filed the proper paperwork with the tax authority can offer the exemption and this usually means the cheaper and smaller lodging establishments will not and cannot offer it.

--Taking a photocopy of your passport and tourist card is standard procedure at the establishments that do offer the exemption.

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5. Re: Hotel tax?

Thanks to all for your help. Our hotel says it won't charge us the tax.

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