Sales Tax & Business Licenses

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The transition to centralized licensing, reporting and payment of Transaction Privilege (Sales) tax to the Arizona Department of Revenue will begin with the January 2017 tax return which is due in February. This means if you currently report to the City of Tempe, your last tax return to Tempe will be your December 2016 return (filed in January 2017).

  • The State of Arizona tax return may start to list the City of Tempe on its November 2016 tax return forms. However, please continue to report and pay your Tempe activity on your City of Tempe form through the December 2016 tax period (due in January), directly to Tempe.
  • 2017 renewals for the City of Tempe tax licenses will be mailed and processed by the Arizona Department of Revenue during November 2016. Remit those renewal fees directly to the Arizona Department of Revenue.
  • If you are currently licensed with Tempe to report residential rental tax, the change to the Arizona Department of Revenue administration will also impact the manner in which you license and pay tax beginning in 2017.  We will communicate with owners of residential rentals soon.

How to proceed:
You will be required to obtain a TPT license with Arizona Department of Revenue by registering with AZTaxes.gov.  AZTaxes.gov is the Arizona Department of Revenue’s online licensing, filing and payment system.  Effective December 1, 2016, Tempe will no longer accept new TPT licenses.  You must apply for a Tempe TPT license directly with ADOR.

  • Before you can use the online business services, you must register to use AZTaxes.gov. The tutorial "AZTaxes.gov - New User Registration" provides step-by-step instruction on how to register on AZTaxes.gov.

ADOR offers free Taxpayer Education tutorials and this information can be obtained at the State’s website accessible at https://azdor.gov/TaxpayerEducation/Tutorials.aspx.

If you have any non-filed returns or outstanding receivables with Tempe,  Tempe is authorized to continue collection for any liabilities and non-filed returns prior to January 2017.  For assistance in resolving past due balances or unfiled returns, contact Tempe’s Tax & License office at (480) 350-2955 or email at salestax@tempe.gov.

In the coming months, you will continue to receive information, forms and instructions from both the City of Tempe and the Arizona Department of Revenue.  Please watch for this information and respond to the appropriate agency as needed

 We will update this site as often as information becomes available about this transition and how it will affect your business. Please refer to the following link for more information: https://www.azdor.gov/TransactionPrivilegeTax(TPT).aspx.

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."