Sales Tax & Regulatory Licenses

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The transition to centralized licensing, reporting and payment of Transaction Privilege (Sales) tax to the Arizona Department of Revenue took place in January 2017. This means if you previously reported to the City of Tempe, your last tax return to Tempe was your December 2016 return (filed in January 2017).

  • 2017 and 2018 renewals for the City of Tempe tax licenses were mailed and processed by the Arizona Department of Revenue during November 2016 and 2017. 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.

How to proceed:
You will be required to obtain a TPT license with Arizona Department of Revenue by registering with 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.

ADOR offers free Taxpayer Education tutorials and this information can be obtained at the State’s website accessible at

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

Please refer to the following link for more information:

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."