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Glendale, AZ - Tax & License Division - Business License Information

Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax License

General Overview

A Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax License is specifically for businesses with taxable activity. Persons wishing to conduct business within the City shall make application to the Tax and License Division for a Privilege License.

Who’s required to be licensed?

Every entity desiring to engage or continue in business activities within the City upon which a Privilege Tax is imposed. The Privilege (Sales) Tax License is nontransferable between owners and locations.

Please note that all license fees are non-refundable.  In addition, all license application requests are subject to review by the Development Services Center (DSC).

Business Class Codes

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Filing Frequency and Delinquency Date

Taxes shall be due and payable monthly on or before the twentieth (20th) day of the month next succeeding the month in which the tax accrues. No taxpayer may report on a quarterly or annual basis until he has established, to the Tax Collector's satisfaction, six (6) months reporting history. It is the taxpayer's responsibility to notify the Tax Collector and increase his reporting frequency (to quarterly or monthly as applicable) when his taxable income or tax due exceeds the maximum limits for his current reporting frequency. Failure to do so may be deemed negligence or evasion, and penalties may apply. Failure to file returns timely, without good cause shown to the satisfaction of the Tax Collector, is sufficient cause for the Tax Collector to deny future filings by the taxpayer on a quarterly or annual basis.

All returns and remittances received within the Tax Collector's office on or before the last business day of the month when due shall be regarded as timely filed. The start of business of the first business day following the month when due shall be the delinquency date. It shall be the taxpayer's responsibility to cause his return and remittance to be timely received. Mailing the return or remittance on or before the due date or delinquency date does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility of causing his return or remittance to be received by the last business day of the month when due.

Applicable Fee’s

License Application Fee

The City charges a $20 business license application fee for all new businesses, except for those with specific fees or businesses exempt from such fees pursuant to the City Code.  The fee is non-refundable.

Annual License Fee

If your business start date is on or after January 1, 2015, the annual license fee is $50.00.  If you are submitting the application after the start date in 2015, you will need to also include the $25.00 penalty fee.

If your business start date is prior to January 1, 2015, the annual license fee is:

Business Start Date
License Fee
License fee if paying after business start date
January 1 to March 31
$50.00
$75.00 US
April 1 to June 30
$37.50
$56.25 US
July 1 to September 30
$25.00
$37.50 US
October 1 to December 31
$12.50
$18.75 US

The Privilege (Sales) Tax License is nontransferable between owners and locations.

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