Sales Tax & Business Licenses

Property Tax Information
If you have any questions about your property tax notice or your appeal options, contact the Maricopa County Assessor's Office at 602-506-3406 or on the web at

On or after November 1, 2014, the City of Tempe will bring forward a proposed ordinance for consideration by the City Council making certain changes to Chapter 16 of the Tempe City Code dealing with Transaction Privilege Tax licenses.  These anticipated changes are being made primarily to facilitate the implementation of sales tax simplification enacted in 2013 via HB 2111 effective January 1, 2015 but may result in an increase in licensing fees for certain taxpayers.

Important Notice Regarding City of Tempe Sales Tax Rate Change Effective July 1, 2014

The City of Tempe reminds local businesses to re-program their computer equipment to reflect a lower city sales tax rate of 1.8 percent beginning July 1.

The Tempe privilege (sales) tax rate is 1.8% effective 7/1/2014
The combined State, County and City tax rate is 8.1% effective 7/1/2014

The Tempe privilege (sales) tax rate is 2.0% effective 7/1/2010 through 6/30/2014
The combined State, County and City tax rate is 8.3% effective 6/1/2013 through 6/30/2014

Sales and Use Tax Return with Instructions


Sales Tax License Application


2014 Filing Dates Calendar

All persons applying for business license as an Individual, Sole Proprietor or Husband & Wife business, must provide evidence of their legal right to be in the United States in compliance with A.R.S. 41-1080, also known as the “Legal Arizona Workers Act".

This website is for general information only. It is an informal and nonbinding communication and does not provide comprehensive explanations of laws and regulations. The intent is to condense and simplify the language in the Tempe City Code. For complete details, refer to the Tempe City Code and related regulations. In case of inconsistency or omission, the language of the City Code shall prevail.

"Our mission is to provide quality service to all Tempe taxpayers, and administer the tax code in a fair and equitable manner."