Please note: Due to the COVID-19 virus, revenue staff are currently working remotely but are here to assist you. Business licenses and sales and use tax remittance and payments are all being processed online. If you need assistance, please send an email to email@example.com or call us at 720-898-7100.
For City-related coronavirus updates, visit arvada.org/covid-19.
Online tax return submittal and payment is mandatory. We accept all payment forms including e-check, credit card and ACH credit. If you need ACH payment information, please contact our office for details.
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 and file a tax return based on their filing frequency. Any other business coming into the City to sell, lease, rent, deliver or install tangible personal property is also required to be licensed. Non-profit organizations should have a business license but no sales and use tax returns are required. For more detailed information, watch this video.
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 and must be filed online. Returns and payments must be submitted by the 20th to be considered as an on time return. When the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, returns are due the next business day. Please register for online filing to ensure no delay with your 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.
Do I Have to Renew My Business License?
Arvada does not require businesses to renew their business license. If you have an address or business change, please submit a business update form, otherwise your license will continue until it is closed.
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.
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