40:54D-15. Imposition of tourism development fee
15. Ordinances adopted pursuant to this act, P.L.1992, c.165 (C.40:54D-1 et seq.) shall impose a tourism development fee. The ordinances imposing the fee shall set forth the method for the calculation thereof which shall be similar to that used for mercantile licenses and other such fees as established by the municipalities.
A business paying the tourism development fee or tourism assessment shall be exempt from any future room taxes, tourism taxes, beach fees, or other similar taxes imposed by a county or the State of New Jersey on tourism related business. The fee shall be uniform throughout the district and shall apply to:
a.all persons making sales of tangible personal property or services, the receipts from which are subject to the "Sales and Use Tax Act," P.L.1966, c.30 (C.54:32B-1 et seq.), not required to collect a tax on predominantly tourism related retail receipts;
b.all persons making charges for participant amusements;
c.all persons operating businesses that charge for parking, garaging or storing motor vehicles;
d.all persons maintaining or operating coin-operated vending machines within the district, for the machines within the district, regardless of the types of commodities sold through the machines;
e.all persons making sales of tangible personal property or services, the receipts from which are subject to the "Sales and Use Tax Act," P.L.1966, c.30 (C.54:32B-1 et seq.) and who are required to collect a tax on predominately tourism related retail receipts, but only to the extent that the amount of tax on those receipts collected in a year by the person is less than the amount of the tourism development fee for that year, provided however that persons making sales of food and drink subject to taxation pursuant to subsection (c) of section 3 of P.L.1966, c.30 (C.54:32B-3) shall pay a tourism development fee in the amount determined in the sole discretion of the municipality by ordinance, which shall be in addition to any amount of the tax on predominantly tourism related retail receipts; and
f.all persons providing tourism lodging, who shall pay a tourism development fee in an amount determined in the sole discretion of the municipality by ordinance regardless of whether those sales are otherwise subject to the "Sales and Use Tax Act," P.L.1966, c.30 (C.54:32B-1 et seq.). If the lodging is rented by an agent on behalf of the owner, the agent shall retain the amount of the fee for each unit of lodging from the amount or amounts of rent first collected on behalf of the owner on that unit in a year, and forward the amount or amounts on behalf of the person providing tourism lodging pursuant to the requirements of section 17 of P.L.1992, c.165 (C.40:54D-17).
A person shall be exempt from payment of a tourism development fee for a year if that person is a vendor required to collect the tax upon predominantly tourism related retail receipts under an ordinance authorized under this act, P.L.1992, c.165 (C.40:54D-1 et seq.), in an amount equal to the amount of tax so collected in that year, except as provided in subsection e.
A person claiming any exemption for an amount of fee otherwise required by this section by reason of the collection of amounts of tax on predominately tourism related retail receipts is deemed to have consented to the release of information concerning that person's tax on predominately tourism related retail receipts collections for the fee period sufficient, as determined by the director, to verify the claim for exemption. The municipality shall provide safeguards which restrict the use or disclosure of any such information provided to purposes directly connected with the administration of the fee.
A municipality may, at any time, notwithstanding the approval provisions of subsection b. of section 4 of P.L.1992 c.165 (C.40:54D-4), adjust by municipal ordinance, otherwise in compliance with the requirements of subsection b. of section 4 of P.L.1992 c.165 (C.40:54D-4), the schedule of tourism development fees to reflect changes in the funds available for beach operation offset payments so as to maximize the beach operation offset payments that the municipalities can receive pursuant to the limitations of subsection e. of section 9 of P.L.2002, c.72 (C.40:54D-14.1).
L.1992,c.165,s.15; amended 2002, c.72, s.10.
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