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Business License/Tax Frequently Asked Questions

Who is expected to pay?
All persons or companies conducting business in the City of Riverside are required to pay a business tax. This includes, but is not limited to, retail outlets, wholesalers, manufacturers, service companies, professional businesses, independent contractors, home businesses, and commercial and residential landlords. If you conduct business in the City of Riverside from an office located outside of Riverside, you are required to pay a business tax. Top of the page...

What if I have multiple business locations or business activities?
A separate tax certificate is required for each type of business activity conducted at a single location and for each branch or location of a business. Business Tax Certificates shall be displayed for each business activity and at each branch or location. Top of the page...

When am I expected to pay?
You must register and pay the business tax prior to the commencement of business. Top of the page...

How often am I expected to pay?
Business taxes are paid annually unless otherwise specified. All annual business taxes are due in advance on or before the expiration date of the then current certificate or on or before the first day of business for any new business. Business taxes for periods other than the annual period are payable in advance on or before the first day of business and thereafter on or before the first day of each applicable period. Top of the page...

When is my payment due?
For a new business, the business tax is due and payable at the start of business. For business tax renewals for existing businesses, the business tax is due and payable at the expiration date of the previous certificate. Top of the page...

What are the tax rates?
Business tax rates are calculated based upon the type of business utilizing a minimum tax plus additional increments. The increments can include, but are not limited to, gross receipts, number of employees, number of machines, number of vehicles, etc. Top of the page...

What if I don’t pay?
Failure to comply with the Business Tax Ordinance can result in penalties of up to 100%. Penalties for new businesses are 50% 30 days after the business start date and 100% 60 days after the business start date. Top of the page...

Is my Business Tax Certificate transferrable?
Business Tax Certificates are not transferable or assignable to any other person or business. Top of the page...

Please note that this information does not constitute a final or complete interpretation of all legal requirements that may apply to your particular type of business. Please contact the Business Tax Office at (951) 826-5465 and City staff will be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have.

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