Save 5 % City Tax in Bonn when travelling on business purpose

Accommodation tax Bonn – city tax

Bonn imposed an accommodation tax on 1 July 2015. Travelling for business reasons is exempted.


  • Five percent of the gross cost of accommodation
    • Excludes breakfast
    • Excludes other services
  • Day rooms are subject to the tax
  • No-show bookings, meaning reservations that have not been cancelled, are also subject to the tax because the customer had the option to stay
  • A separate certification must be provided for each guest; group certifications are not accepted
  • Bonn’s municipal tax and revenue office is allowed to check the details submitted by the hotel guest

Get exempted as follows…


  • A copy of an accreditation document for a congress, seminar, trade fair etc., or
  • Booking made by the employer or
  • Invoice issued to the employer or
  • Payment by the employer or
  • Copy of an invitation for an interview
  • Informal employer certification confirming that the stay “is strictly necessary for business reasons” (the statement should include the exact phrase “strictly necessary for business reasons”!)

Freelancers, self-employed individuals and contractors:

  • Complete the self-certification –> download here
    • No further documentation is required. The municipal authorities reserve the right to check the details provided.


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Your city tax exemption on business trips

City tax exemption is quite simple: the taxes are only due for privately arranged trips. As soon as you are traveling for business reasons, the hotel can refrain from calculating and forwarding the city tax to the municipality.

BUT: The hotels are instructed by the cities to take the tax from the room bill only if it is clearly proven that the stay is for business reasons.

Every city demands different documents, so you are exactly right here on this page. Here you will always find current information and templates that allow you to sleep tax-free in each city.

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