The State of California permits cities to register businesses for both revenue and regulation [Government Code Section 37101(a)]. Municipalities, and some counties, register businesses for revenue to broaden the tax base because businesses use, or cause to be used, more municipal services than a residence. The Government Code [Section 16240] also provides for penalties for anyone who carries on a business or profession without procuring a proper tax certificate.
When the business tax is paid, a business registration tax certificate is issued. This is commonly referred to as a business license; the terms "business license", "business tax certificate", “business tax registration” and "business registration" are used interchangeably.
If you have any questions concerning your registration or other requirements, our staff members will gladly assist you. Contact us at TaxInquiries@elsegundo.org
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