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The transition to statewide centralized licensing, reporting and payment of Transaction Privilege (Sales) tax to the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) took place in January 2017 for all cities and towns in Arizona. This means if you previously reported to the City of Tempe directly, your last tax return to Tempe was your December 2016 return (filed in January 2017).  Payments for delinquent TPT for tax periods prior to January 2017 are to be made directly with the City of Tempe.

Any Tempe business with a transaction privilege (sales) tax (TPT) obligation is required to be licensed to report and remit the TPT when due.

How to proceed:

The business is required to obtain a TPT license with Arizona Department of Revenue by registering at 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

Refer to the following links for more information:

For information regarding TPT Refunds, please refer to the following link:

New in 2020 

 A City registration program is in effect as of January 12, 2020 where an owner of property rented/leased on a short-term (less than 30 consecutive days) must register the property with the City.  The registration is required whether the property is rented through a third party or not. 

See Short-Term (Vacation) Rental Registration


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