Business License Tax – Official Website of Arlington County Virginia Government

How do I renew my business license?

Businesses must renew their business license(s) annually by filing, and paying if applicable, online via our Customer Assessment Payment Portal (CAPP) by March 1st 11:59 PM EST.

How do I obtain a blank copy of the business license tax form?

The Commissioner of Revenue’s Office has discontinued the printing and mailing of Business License tax forms. You must register and file your returns online via our Customer Assessment Payment Portal (CAPP).

How do I obtain a copy of my business license certificate?

For customers who have filed, and paid if applicable, their business license tax returns, certificates are generated and mailed in late March and early April. The Commissioner of Revenue’s Office will discontinue the printing and mailing of Business License Tax Certificates. We recommend you register on our Customer Assessment Payment Portal (CAPP) to download and print your Certificate(s) online by clicking on BLC Account, Correspondence, View Letters, Business License Certificate.

Can I mail my filing/payment the day before or on the due date?

Businesses must renew their business license(s) by filing, and paying if applicable, online via our Customer Assessment Payment Portal (CAPP) by March 1st 11:59 PM EST. If you choose to mail it, we recommend you personally witness the postmark being placed on your envelope. Pursuant to Virginia Administrative Code, the postmark date is used to determine if a tax filing, and payment if applicable, constitutes a timely filing and/or payment. If your mailing is received after the due date with a late postmark, the payment will be considered late, and a 10% late filing penalty will apply.

Please note the USPS only postmarks certain mail depending on the type of postage, and they may not postmark mail the same day you delivered it or deposited in a mailbox. If we receive a payment without a postmark, we will consider it received on the date it really comes into our office and may subject to the 10% late filing penalty.

Can I get a filing deadline extension?

Businesses must renew their business license(s) annually by March 1st 11:59 PM EST. No filing extensions will be granted. We recommend that you file timely online via our Customer Assessment Payment Portal (CAPP) and amend later if needed.

Can my late filing penalty be waived?

Late filings are subject to a 10% late filing penalty. To be considered for a waiver of late filing penalty, you must demonstrate that the failure to file timely was not the fault of the taxpayer. Virginia Code § 58.1-3916 and Arlington Code §11-20 states that to demonstrate lack of fault, the taxpayer must show both that he acted responsibly and that the failure was due to events beyond his control. Please refer to the Code and submit your request along with supporting evidence to business@arlingtonva.us.

I logged into CAPP and my balance is $0. Is my filing complete?

No, this is not a complete filing. When you log into CAPP, you must click on the BLC Account and file a return. Once you enter your gross receipts, the tax amount due will appear for payment. You must file a return, even if your gross receipts are zero, to avoid a possible statutory (estimated) assessment.

I am a contractor; do I need a business license?

All contractors doing business in Arlington County are required to have a business license. If your situs is in another VA jurisdiction or state, you are not required to file unless your gross receipts in Arlington exceed $25,000 annually per Virginia Code § 58.1-3715.

To obtain a business license, all contractors must register with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and should provide a copy of their current state license, and a copy of the Contractor’s Certification of Workers’ Compensation Insurance Acknowledgment letter.

Are PPP Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants, and County grants included in “gross receipts” for purposes of computing BPOL taxes?

Pursuant to Virginia Code § 58.1-3732 (A)(4) and Virginia Administrative Code, COVID-19 extraordinary loans/grants such as Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, and AED’s Small Business Emergency GRANT program can be excluded from taxable gross receipts when filing your Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) tax returns. PPP loans that are not yet forgiven are expressly excluded from gross receipts for purposes of computing County BPOL; Tax Commissioner PD 21-12.

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