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Tax & License Lobby Temporarily Closed

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers and to help lessen the impact of COVID-19, the Tax & License Customer Service counter is temporarily closed. Although we may not be able to assist you in-person, our staff is working remotely to continue to serve you, Monday through Friday. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.


Customer Service Hours

9 AM to 4 PM

Monday - Friday

(253) 591-5252



Need to Make a Payment?

We have a number of options available to make a payment or to register a new business. This includes: 


Online: Renew/apply for business license, file/pay tax at FileLocal-wa.gov 

Phone: (253) 591-5252 Available 24/7 

Mail: PO BOX 11640, Tacoma, WA 98402



COVID-19 TAX Relief for Tacoma Businesses


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Tax & License 2021 Business News


Mission Statement

The Tax & License division acts with Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Equity in administering Tacoma's tax, license, and employment standards regulations - providing for a fair, equitable, and safe business and working environment while delivering high-quality customer service.



Available Services 


I Want To:

  1. File my taxes or renew my business license online with FileLocal
  2. Close My Account
  3. Update My Mailing Address
  4. Print My Business License Certificate
  5. Contact Customer Service
Governor Inslee announces "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery" 

On January 5, 2021, Governor Inslee announced a new state-wide shift to a two-phase system in accordance with regional case counts.  Information can be found on the Governor's webpage.  The City appreciates that most local businesses have been, and continue to be, in voluntary compliance with Governor Inslee’s order. 


Report a Business Not in Compliance with the Order

If you'd like to report a business that you believe has not been in compliance with Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, please report it to the State of Washington.  In the event that a complaint about a business is referred from the State of Washington back to the City of Tacoma, the City will then contact the business and communicate the need to comply as appropriate. If compliance still does not occur, the City may then need to refer the complaint back to the State of Washington, specifically the Attorney General's Office, for criminal or civil charges. Please note that violating Governor Inslee’s emergency orders can amount to a gross misdemeanor. 



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