The tax was paid by Roman tourists, but not transferred to the city. Rome police found that about € 8.5 million of tourist tax was not received by the mayor's office in the first six months of 2019, after a comprehensive investigation.
The audit revealed hotels of type B / B (bed and breakfast) and landlords of apartments, mainly in the historic center of the capital, who did not transfer the night tax paid by tourists in Rome.
According to Rome Mayor Virginia Ruggie, police arrested 28 people for embezzlement, and most of the stolen funds were recovered by the city.
Tourist tax in Rome ranges from € 3 per night for a 1-2-star hotel to € 7 per night for a 5-star hotel, and the rate applies for the first 10 nights. Guests of the bed and breakfast, rental apartments, holiday homes and holiday apartments pay a night tax of EUR 3.50 per day for up to 10 nights, while for camps for up to 5 nights a rate of 2 euros.
A police investigation into tax evasion by property owners is ongoing in Rome.