How to Pay Taxes

It is important to know how and when you should pay your tourist accommodation and timeshare taxes.

Tourist Accommodation & Timeshare Tax FAQs

  • When are Tourist Accommodation Taxes (TAT) due?

    Tax is due on 28th day of each month for the previous month (i.e. collections for April are not paid until May).
  • If the 28th day falls on a weekend or public holiday, when is Tourist Accommodation Taxes (TAT) due?

    It is the Proprietor’s responsibility to ensure that submissions are made to the Department of Tourism on days of operation before the deadline.

  • What are the operating hours for the cashier?

    Operating hours are from Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm.

  • Who is subject to pay Tourist Accommodation Taxes?

    Taxes are to be paid by “a person not ordinary a Resident in the Islands, visiting the Islands and remaining therein continuously for a period not exceeding six months” (i.e. tourists).

  • What is the conversion rate when paying TAT/ TST?

    If report is in CI$ being paid by US$ cheque (divide @.82)
    If report is in CI$ being paid by US$ cash (divide @.80)
    If report is in US$ being paid by CI$ cheque (multiply @.82)
    If report is in US$ being paid by CI$ cash (multiply @.80)

  • Form of Payments?

    KYD & USD Cash
    KYD & USD Cheques
    KYD & USD Bank Drafts
    US Overseas Cheques (Minimum of US$100.00)
    US Bank Draft & Money Orders (Minimum of US$100.00)

    (NO DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS OR WIRE TRANSFERS ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME)

  • Why is a surcharge applicable when the TAT payment was mailed early?

    Unfortunately, the Department of Tourism is not responsible for late postal deliveries therefore, it is the property’s responsibility to ensure that payments are received by the Department on or before the 28th day of the month otherwise the surcharge will be applied automatically.

  • How are the Tourist Accommodation Taxes calculated?

    Taxes should be calculated at 13% on the gross room rate. If there are any deductions for cleaning, electricity, maintenance, agents etc., taxes should be calculated before these services and not after).  N.B- Effective January 1, 2014, the TAT of 13% must be applied to all accommodation bookings. 

  • What information is required when submitting taxes?

    • Must be a licensed property
    • A “Tax Form” must be completed by all properties

    If property system has a report with the required information, this can be submitted as an attachment to the signed “Tax Form” Unfortunately, the Department of Tourism is not responsible for late postal deliveries therefore, it is the property’s responsibility to ensure that payments are received by the Department on or before the 28th day of the month otherwise the surcharge will be applied automatically.

    • Backups must be attached – folios, receipts, confirmations (DISC OR USB)
    • Proof of being local/ resident
      • A Cayman Islands passport
      • Non-Cayman Islands Passport (picture page) with permit or status stamp
      • Cayman Islands Work Permit with valid picture I.D
      • Cayman Islands Voter Registration Card
      • Valid Cayman Islands Government Employee I.D
      • Cayman Islands Medical Insurance Card with valid picture I.D

    If proof of locals/residents is not attached to the submission, then taxes will be calculated on the accommodated rate as if it were provided to a non-resident.

    • Payment
    • If no occupants, a NIL return form MUST be completed for each month.

    In this regard, please ensure that your next submission is completed on or before the 28th day of the month, otherwise it would be deemed late and subject to a 20% surcharge.

  • Are the TAT forms required even if there were no occupants for a particular period?

    Yes, TAT forms should still be submitted.
  • How are surcharges calculated?

    If TAT/ TST are not submitted on or before the 28th day of the month, 20% of the tax due is automatically applied to the actual tax payable for the month.

  • Do Caymanians pay taxes?

    Caymanians do not pay taxes if they are staying at a property, however, if they are only paying for a tourist who is staying at the property and not actually staying at the property, taxes apply. This also applies to Caymanians living overseas. Additionally, when taxes are submitted, ensure that proof of Caymanian ‘status’ be submitted also (see forms of identification in point 13)

  • What form of I.D. is required for proof of status?

    • A Cayman Islands passport
    • Non-Cayman Islands Passport (picture page) with permit or status stamp
    • Cayman Islands Work Permit with valid picture I.D
    • Cayman Islands Voter Registration Card
    • Valid Cayman Islands Government Employee I.D
    • Cayman Islands Medical Insurance Card with valid picture I.D
  • What is the responsibility of the Department of Tourism with regards to TAT/TST?

    The Department of Tourism only acts as a collection agency of taxes. The department cannot waive surcharges on any request. The law makes no allowance for waiving surcharges.

  • What happens if a visitor stays in the same accommodation for a period exceeding 28 days?

    If a visitor stays in the same accommodation for a period exceeding 28 days, the tax should be applied upon check-out regardless if the period spans across months.

  • How and where can taxes be submitted?

    Supporting documentation can be emailed to ar@caymanislands.ky

    District Administration Building (Cayman Brac)
    Treasury Department
    PO Box 240, Cayman Brac KY2-2101
    CAYMAN ISLANDS

    Government Administration Building (Grand Cayman)
    Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

    By any of the following methods:

    • Hand delivery (Government Administration Building, 133 Elgin Avenue, 3rd Floor)
    • Courier
    • Mail mail to:
      • Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
        Government Administration Building Box 134
        133 Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman KY1-9000
        CAYMAN ISLANDS

     

  • Who can submit TST/ TAT?

    The Proprietor (Manager) can submit TST / TAT. Operators and Owners or other persons identified on the Hotel License Form can submit TST / TAT.

  • Who pays Timeshare Taxes (TST)?

    • Owner of the timeshare
    • A guest of the timeshare
    • A person who has exchanged his timeshare 
  • How is the Timeshare Tax calculated?

    US$10.00 per day or part of a day, in respect of each room that is occupied in a timeshare. (EXAMPLE: 3 Rooms X $10.00 X per day/part of a day, (Saturday 1/2 day to Saturday 1/2 day = 8 days)

  • Who can be contacted for queries?

    More Information

    Mr. Michael Gardner
    Accounts Officer (Receivable)
    Responsibilities: collects tourism-related taxes and fees, as well as the inspection and audit of records
    Direct dial: 345-244-1286

    Mrs. Wendy Callender
    Accounts Officer (Receivable)
    Responsibilities: collects Tourism Accommodation Taxes, hotel and licensing fees, and other departmental revenues
    Direct dial: 345-244-1260

    Mrs. Schelita Corpus
    Accounts Receivable Supervisor
    Responsibilities: oversees all accounts and audit of records, and collects tourism-related taxes and fees
    Direct dial: 345-244-1261

  • Record keeping for TST/TAT

    1. Tax submissions are effective from the date of the License being approved

    2. The on-island Operator or Manager must ensure a copy/original of all submissions is kept on island.

    3. Powers of the collector of Taxes (Director and his duly appointed representatives)

    Under the: Tourist Accommodation Law (2013) revision in Section:

    • 5:1 states: The collector of Taxes may, at his absolute decision, inspect all records kept under this Law at any time.
    • 10:1 states: Whoever knowingly concerned in, or in taking of steps with a view to, the fraudulent evasion of tax by him or any other person, is guilty of an offense and liable on summary conviction to a fine of fifty thousand dollars or of three times the amount of the tax, whichever is the greater, and to imprisonment for two years.