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Online registration and tax payment options offer convenience for businesses

Posted: September 20, 2012 12:21:37 PM PDT

New online services for Bellingham businesses offer simple, convenient ways to meet licensing requirements and make tax payments.

"We are very pleased to provide new online services for businesses. These new options for registering and making tax payments simplify these important functions while saving businesses time and effort," said John Carter, City of Bellingham Finance Director.

Pay B&O taxes online

The City of Bellingham recently launched a new online service for businesses that are already registered with the City and are subject to local Business and Occupational (B&O) tax.  The web service enables businesses to update their contact information and pay B&O taxes, including any outstanding balances.  Each business using the service receives a secure PIN number that renews each filing period. This free service is the easiest way for businesses to comply with local B&O tax filing obligations. Sign in for online B&O tax payment here: B&O tax filing and payment

Meet local and state registration requirements online

For new business registrations, the City has partnered with the state Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service.  The new unified structure allows any applicant seeking a Bellingham business registration and a state business license to apply at the same time and place.  While applicants can apply for both licenses at any local state office or at Bellingham City Hall, applying online is the fastest and cheapest method to register.  The unified application is located at: State of Washington business licensing services

Combining the City business registration and state license application simplifies steps for our local businesses to get up and running with no added costs, Carter said. He said business representatives who have already used these online services have provided positive feedback to his office.

These two new web services, as well as other resources available to support and serve Bellingham's local businesses, are available at


Media Contact:
Joshua R. Zender, Financial Systems Manager
City of Bellingham Finance Department
Phone: (360) 778-8020


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