EXPLANATIONS AND DEFINITIONS
1. LEGAL BASIS FOR TAX – Tennessee Code Annotated 67-4-1401, et seq. and City Ordinance 4580-15
2. HOTEL means any structure, or any portion of any structure, which is occupied or intended or
designed for occupancy by transients for dwelling, lodging or sleeping purposes, and includes any
hotel, inn, tourist camp, tourist court, tourist cabin, motel or any place in which rooms, lodgings or
accommodations are furnished to transients for a consideration.
3. CONSIDERATION means the consideration charged, whether or not received, for the occupancy in
a hotel, valued in money whether to be received in money, goods, labor or otherwise, including all
receipts, cash, credits, property and services of any kind or nature without any deduction therefrom
whatsoever. Nothing in this definition shall be construed to imply that consideration is charged
when the space provided to the person is complimentary from the operator and no consideration is
charged to or received from any person.
4. TRANSIENT means any person who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy for any rooms,
lodgings or accommodations in a hotel for a period of fewer than ninety (90) continuous days.
5. OCCUPANCY means the use or possession, or the right to the use or possession, of any room,
lodgings or accommodations in any hotel.
6. OPERATOR means the person operating the hotel, whether as owner, lessee or otherwise.
7. LEVY OF TAX – Seven percent (7%) of the consideration charged by the operator.
8. REMITTANCE OF TAX – The tax hereby levied shall be remitted, by all operators who lease, rent or
charge for occupancy within a hotel in the city, to the City Treasurer, such tax to be remitted to such
officer no later than the twentieth day of each month for the preceding month.
9. OFFER TO ABSORB TAX PROHIBITED – No operator of a hotel shall advertise or state in any
manner, whether directly or indirectly, that the tax or any part thereof will be assumed or absorbed
by the operator or that it will not be added to the rent, or that if added, any part will be refunded.
10. PENALTIES AND INTEREST FOR DELINQUENCY – An operator shall be liable for interest on
delinquent taxes from the due date at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum, calculated at a
daily rate, and in addition, a penalty of one percent (1%) for each month or fraction thereof such taxes
11. RECORDS – It shall be the duty of every operator, liable for the collection and payment to the city of
the tax levied, to keep and preserve for a period of three (3) years all records necessary to determine
the amount of such tax as he may have been liable for the collection of and payment to this city,
which records the City Treasurer shall have right to inspect at all reasonable times.