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The City of Fresno Business Tax Division is changing its billing method of tax collection. Effective October 2013, Fresno business tax will be due on a semi-annual (six-month) basis for most businesses. Instead of four (4) quarterly tax returns, most businesses will now receive two (2) six-month tax returns each year.

This change means that businesses and the City will both save the cost of postage, paper, and time. A six-month tax billing cycle is more cost effective because the City will send two tax returns instead of four tax returns each year - half the paper, half the postage and half the payment processing costs. The business saves money on postage and checks or other payment methods.

The returns will be mailed in October and April of each year, starting with October 2013. For the October tax return, the payment due date will be October 31. For the April tax return, the payment due date will be April 30.

Keep checking this site, our FAQs, and your mailbox for more information. You may also contact Customer Service at (559) 621-6880, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Or you may email us at

Welcome to the City of Fresno Business Tax Division web page! We hope the information you find here will be helpful to you in your business operations.

To give the people of the Fresno the best every day, the City of Fresno Business Tax Division:

  • Supports public health and safety by collecting tax revenue to fund city-wide services like street maintenance, police, fire, and other emergency services
  • Encourages business to do its part to preserve Fresno’s status as an All-American City by complying with Fresno Municipal tax code
  • Assists new businesses in completing the steps necessary to begin successful operations
  • Protects and serves the citizens of Fresno by regulating permits for various industries and occupations
  • Provides information on local businesses for consumers and potential customers

From this page, you may access information about how to start your own business, apply for a business tax certificate, pay your tax payment online, start the approval process for business permits, download formslook up information about existing businessesview new business license recipients or use our Business Directory. Our Frequently Asked Questions section has useful answers to many common questions. Or you may contact our Customer Service division at (559) 621-6880 or


Under state law SB1186, effective January 1, 2013, the City of Fresno is required
to collect a $1.00 fee from local businesses on behalf of the State of California.
This $1.00 fee will be collected each time a business applies for a tax certificate
or renews any tax certificate issued by the City of Fresno Business Tax Division.

For more information about how the fee affects your City of Fresno tax returns,
please check the FAQs at this link:
Fresno SB1186 FAQs