The City of Goose Creek imposes a 2 percent hospitality fee on sales of prepared food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, beer and wine sold in establishments within the city limits.
The revenue generated by this hospitality fee must be used for purposes that include, but are not restricted to, tourism-related cultural, recreational or historical facilities. All proceeds from the hospitality fee must be kept in a separate fund segregated from the city’s General Fund.
The hospitality fee must be remitted to the City of Goose Creek by the 20th day of the month following the closing date of the period for which the fee payment is to be remitted. The fee must be remitted on a monthly basis when the estimated amount of average fee is more than $50 a month, on a quarterly basis when the estimated amount of average fee is $25 to $50 per month, and on an annual basis when the estimated amount of average fee is less than $25 a month.
The closing date for monthly payments is the last day of the month; the closing dates for quarterly payments are the last days of the months March, June, September and December, and the closing date for annual payments is the last day of December.
A payment is considered to be timely remitted to the city if the return has a United States Post Office postmark date on or before the date the hospitality coupon requires. If the 20th day of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or postal service holiday, then payments mailed on the next business day will be accepted as timely filed.
A late fee of 5 percent of the unpaid amount for each month or portion thereof shall be added to any tax not timely remitted.