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Sales and Use Tax and Business Licensing

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Please note that beginning in January 2018, online tax return submittal and payment will be mandatory. Please request online access to ensure a seamless transition.

How Do I Get a Sales and Use Tax License?

The City of Arvada does not require a sales and use tax license, however it does require a business license which will generate a sales and use tax account. 

What Type of Businesses Require a Business License?

All businesses located within the City are required to obtain a business license. Service based businesses and others that do not make taxable sales are also required to be licensed in the City and file a tax return based on their filing frequency. Non-profit organizations should also have a business license but no sales and use tax returns are required.

Why Should My Business be Licensed?

Licensing your business helps the City build relationships with local businesses, identifies business contacts for emergency purposes, provides contact for business outreach and notification due to potential issues, ensures zoning compliance, and establishes a sales and use tax account for required tax return filing.

How Do I Apply for a Business License?

Businesses can apply for a business license on-line, in person or via a hard copy application. Licenses are generally processed within 10 business days. The license is free and does not expire.

When is My Sales and Use Tax Return Due? 

Sales and use tax returns are ALWAYS due on the 20th of the month. Returns and payments must be postmarked, dropped off or submitted only by the 20th in order to be processed as an on time return. When the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, returns are due the next business day. Beginning in 2018 online sales and use tax return submittal and payment will be required. Please register for online filing to ensure a seamless transition to online filing.

When Will I Receive my Sales and Use Tax Return Form?

Pre-printed returns are mailed out by the last day of the month. Pre-printed returns will be discontinued as of January 2018. Please register for online filing to ensure a seamless transition to online filing.

What is the Tax Rate for Arvada?

Arvada is a home-ruled City which means Arvada collects its own tax. The City tax rate is 3.46% for sales and use tax, 2% for lodgers tax and 4% for admissions tax. 

Contact Information

  •  Main Telephone Number:
    720-898-7100

 Online Sales and Use Tax