Save 5 % City Tax in Dortmund when travelling for business reasons

City Tax Dortmund

Dortmund imposed an accommodation tax on 1 July 2015. Travelling for business reason is exempt.


  • Seven point five percent of the gross cost of accommodation
  • Excludes breakfast
  • Excludes other services
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Get exempted as follows…


  • Direct payment of the invoice by the employer or
  • Completed certification: –> download Download Arbeitgeberbescheinigung Dortmund (only available in German) or
  • Informal employer certification including at least the following information:
    • Name of the guest
    • Guest’s date of birth
    • Period of the stay
  • Pre-reserved “contingency bookings”, for which the employer has confirmed in writing that all the rooms are definitely required for business purposes (e.g. for a project) do not require any further documentation.


Freelancers, self-employed individuals and contractors:

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.