• Business & Occupation Taxes

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    The City of Bellevue collects certain taxes from businesses, primarily the business and occupation (B & O) tax, which includes gross receipts and square footage taxes. All businesses doing business in the city, whether located in Bellevue or outside the city limits, must be registered with the city’s Tax Division. Although there are exemptions, every person, firm, association or corporation doing business in the city is subject to the B&O tax.

    Tax Categories

    In general, most businesses will report in the gross receipts business tax category. Some will report in the square footage tax category. A limited number of businesses will report in both categories.

    Gross Receipts Exemption

    Businesses are to report in their assigned reporting frequency. Those who report for 2021 annual taxable gross receipts of $170,000 or less are exempt from the B&O gross receipts tax, and will be placed on an annual filing status for the following year.

    Tax Guide and Other Resources

    The B&O Tax Guide, with information current as of Dec. 31, 2021, can provide answers to many questions. Changes since then in the city code or state law may invalidate some of this information, and you may want to check recent ordinances soon to become part of the City Code.

    Additional information and specifics related to your business may be obtained in chapters 4.03, 4.04, 4.09, 4.10 and 4.14 of the Bellevue City Code or by contacting the city’s Tax Division. 

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