At 5:15 p.m. on August 25, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott filed a proclamation with the Texas Secretary of State which suspended all laws authorizing or requiring the collection of state and local hotel or motel occupancy taxes from the victims of Hurricane Harvey or personnel participating in relief operations from August 23, 2017 through September 6, 2017.

Protect Yourself with the Correct Documentation

To clarify what this means for the hotels and motels in Texas and the victims of Hurricane Harvey and those participating in relief operations:

  • The hotel tax waiver applies to persons with a home address in a county the Governor declared a disaster area, relief workers dispatched to a county declared a disaster area and persons from another state’s county or parish declared a disaster area by the Governor of that State.
  • State and all local hotel occupancy taxes are waived during the period indicated by the waiver.
  • To properly document the exemption, a qualifying victim completes a Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate and marks the box “Other” and writes on the certificate that the stay is due to Hurricane Harvey.  By completing this form in this manner, the victim is attesting to the fact that he / she meets the qualifications of a victim of Hurricane Harvey and the hotel may accept the certificate.  No other identification or proof of residence is required.