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San José's Business Tax ordinance requires that every person engaging in business within the City, must register within 90 days after commencing business within the City and pay the applicable business tax. After a business registers and pays the applicable tax, a business tax certificate will be issued and must be displayed at your place of business at all times.

Step 1 - Complete the Online Application (new)

Have the following items ready before you begin the application:
  • Tax Identification Number (FEIN, SSN, or TIN)
  • Contractor's Number (If applicable)
  • State Sellers Permit Number (If applicable)
  • County Health Permit Number (If applicable)
  • Driver’s License Number (Principal Owner)
  • Telephone Number
  • Ownership name(s) & address(es)
  • Address of each location in San José where you do business
  • Valid Email Address

Step 2 - Sign and Date the Form 

Using your mouse, click and hold and begin to sign your name in the box. You will receive an email confirmation that your application was successfully submitted along with a reference number. Within five (5) business days, you will receive in the mail an invoice, Business Tax Account Number, and instructions on how to make payment (due to the high volume of registrations, processing times may be extended up to two (2) weeks). 

Begin the registration form:
Step 3 - Pay the Business Tax (if applicable) 
  • For New Registration: After you receive your invoice and Business Account Number, you can revisit the website to pay online using ACH, credit or debit card.
  • For Renewals: Click here to pay your Business Tax Renewal. Please have your mailed invoice available when renewing your account.