Business License and Tax Information

Starting with the January 2017 tax period, all current privilege (sales) taxes for the City of Tucson MUST be filed with the Arizona Department of Revenue using the city region code 'TU'

Any privilege (sales) tax returns for periods up to and including December 2016 should still be filed with the City of Tucson Revenue Division

 

Contact the License Section at:

 
 

Special Note Regarding Construction Contracting

and the Recent Tax Rate Increase

For the purposes of City of Tucson Regulation 19-415.3 (Construction contracting; tax rate effective date), the City has chosen to establish the tax rate effective date (February 1, 2018) as the "enactment date".  Contracts executed prior to February 1, 2018, will be subject to the current city tax rate of 2.5%, while contracts executed on or after February 1, 2018 will be subject to the new city tax rate of 2.6%.  Regardless of when a contract is executed, if change orders are executed on or after February 1, 2018, they will be subject to the new city tax rate of 2.6%.  Please complete and return this form for any contracts or projects inside Tucson city limits that qualify for this grandfathering.  The form is fillable if opened in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, otherwise it may be printed and completed manually.  Once completed, it must be forwarded to the Tax Audit Section, using the contact information at the bottom of the form.  Please note that this regulation only applies to the activity of construction contracting, and not to any other business activities for which contracts may have been executed.

City of Tucson Tax Rate Increase--effective February 1, 2018

Please note that, effective February 1, 2018, the City of Tucson Business Privilege Tax Rate has increased one tenth of a percent to 2.6 percent.  This rate change is the result of the November 7th City of Tucson General Election where voters approved Propositions 202 and 203, which authorized a tax increase to support the Reid Park Zoo. 

Click this link to access a flyer that lists the affected business activities and also identifies the business activities for which the tax rate did not increase (requires a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader).

 

Change in Occupancy Surtax Assessed on Recreational Vehicle Park Operators

As a result of Ordinance No. 11472, passed by Mayor and Council on June 20, 2017, the surtax for rental of a recreational vehicle space will decrease from $4.00 to $2.00 for each 24-hour period (or fraction of a 24-hour period) that a space is rented.  Due to the administration of the City's transient rental tax and surtax by ADOR, a memo has also been issued to set the effective date of Ordinance No. 11472 as the earliest date possible, which is September 1, 2017.

 

ADOR Telephone and Website Quick Reference

This was compiled from a handout distributed by ADOR at some of their recent taxpayer seminars.  It lists important telephone numbers for their department, as well as a list of easy steps to locate important TPT-related information on their website.

 

Deduction Codes Cross Reference for Retail

Deduction Codes Cross Reference for Restaurants

Deduction Codes Cross Reference for Rental of Real Property

The above files are listings showing what deduction codes to use when filing your Tucson taxes on your January 2017 TPT return with the Arizona Department of Revenue for the following activities:  retail, restaurants, and rental of real property.  More are on the way!!

 

Business License Process for the City of Tucson

This brochure is designed to help City of Tucson business license applicants to complete the necessary steps in the licensing process.  By answering a series of simple yes/no questions, applicants can determine the various departments they may need to contact, and how and where to contact them.  The brochure is a PDF file, best viewed using the Adobe Reader application.

 

Attention Special Event Vendors (including Gem Show, Street Fair, Rodeo Parade, and all other event vendors)

The City of Tucson e-Tax system can NOT be used for licensing for special events.  It can only be used to apply for regular City of Tucson business licenses.  For confirmation of whether you have the required licenses for events in the City of Tucson, please read the following directions:

Gem Show Vendors:  Please contact the Revenue Investigations Section at (520) 791-4247, or via e-mail at Tax-Investigations@tucsonaz.gov.

All Other Special Event Vendors (excluding vendors for the 4th Avenue Street Fair or the Tucson Rodeo Parade):  Please contact the License Section at (520) 791-4566 or via e-mail at Tax-License@tucsonaz.gov.

City of Tucson Code

The entire City Code is available through this link.  Refer to Chapter 19 for information regarding City privilege taxes, occupational taxes, and business licenses.  Refer to Chapter 7 for information regarding regulated business licenses.

Liquor License Applications

Applications for liquor licenses begin with the State of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control and are then referred to the appropriate local governments.  Information regarding the City application fees and review process by Mayor and Council are available on the City Clerk's website.  For information regarding the amounts and billing of quarterly liquor license fees for the City, contact the License Section at (520) 791-4566.

Information Regarding Rental of Commercial Real Property Between Related Parties

 

e-Tax: Tucson Tax and License Online

Website               Information

Through this site you can:

  • apply for a new Tucson business license
  • file a business (sales) tax return for periods PRIOR to January 1, 2017
  • pay license fees and taxes due
  • review account information
  • contact tax and license representatives for help with any questions you may have

Buying a Business – Important Information

A person buying a business is liable for unpaid taxes of the seller's business. Before purchasing any business, the buyer should require the seller to provide a “Letter of Good Standing” issued by the License Section at (520) 791-4566. This document states there is no tax amount outstanding as of the date of issuance. Additionally, if the business has a liquor license, the buyer needs to contact the Revenue Investigations Section at (520) 791-4247 to determine if a liquor complaint has been filed with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control at (602) 542-5141 for unpaid taxes.

 

New Business License Downloads

 

Other Business Resources:

Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)

Small Business Services (SBS) (http://www.azcommerce.com/programs/small-business-services) Free Online Resources for Developing a Successful Business:

Provides information and resources for every stage of your business development. Small Business Services collaborates with state agencies and numerous business organizations to promote entrepreneurship among small, minority-, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises. In addition, they advocate on small business issues that are important throughout Arizona.

Checklist Program - designed to help you easily navigate information on what you need to know, who you need to contact and where you need to go to license your business in Arizona. It also includes contact information to statewide resources and assistance to accelerate your business growth.

Arizona Entrepreneur's Edge - Arizona's official resource guide for starting, operating and growing a business in Arizona. This guide provides general information for new business owners and serves as a reference and directory for established businesses of all sizes.

Tucson Electric Power Commercial Energy Solutions Small Business Program

TEP’s Small Business program encourages contractors to install selected high-efficiency lighting, HVAC and refrigeration measures for TEP small business customers.