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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is expected to pay?
All persons or companies conducting business in the City of El Monte are required to pay a business tax. This includes, but is not limited to, retail outlets, wholesalers, manufacturers, service companies, professional businesses, independent contractors, home businesses, and commercial and residential landlords. If you conduct business in the City of El Monte from an office located outside of El Monte, you are still required to pay a business tax.
What if I have multiple business locations or business activities?
A separate tax certificate is required for each type of business activity conducted at a single location and for each branch or location of a business. Business Tax Certificates shall be displayed for each business activity and at each branch or location.
When am I expected to pay?
You must register and pay the business tax prior to the commencement of business.
When is my payment due?
For a new business, the business tax is due and payable at the start of business. For business tax renewals for existing businesses, the business tax is due and payable at the beginning of each calendar year. Business tax for special events (eg. Live entertainment venues) are payable 4 weeks prior to the day(s) of the event.
What are the tax rates?
Business tax rates are calculated based upon the type of business, gross annual receipts, and a minimum processing fee, as specified in the Municipal Code.
What if I don’t pay?
Failure to comply with the Business Tax Ordinance can result in penalties of up to 100%.
Is my Business Tax Certificate transferrable?
Business Tax Certificates are not transferable or assignable to any other person or business.


Please note that this information does not constitute a final or complete interpretation of all legal requirements that may apply to your particular type of business. Please contact the Business License office at (626)580-2031. Our City staff will be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have.


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11333 Valley Boulevard
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 580-2031
(626) 580-2304
Hours:  8:00 a.m. -  5:30 p.m.

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