• Renew Your Seattle (City) Business License - December 31st

A friendly reminder ~ all self-employed folks need to have two business licenses, one from the state and one from the city.  

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This post is about renewing your business license with Seattle. (Its longer name is Business License Tax Certificate.)  To read more about it, go to:  seattle.gov/licenses/get-a-business-license.  [Post coming soon about state business licenses.]

Your city business license is the one with the year printed diagonally across ... and the Seattle symbol in the corner.


Due:  December 31st (each year)
Time:  5 minutes
Frustration:  2 out of 10
Cost:  $55 if you make under $20K annually,
          $110 if you make over $20K
+Fees:  $2 - 7 for processing credit cards

Note:  There is a grace period until January 31st.  After that, a late penalty applies.

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This year, you have 3 options for renewing your license.  

1.  Renew through the mail.

Hopefully, you've received a renewal form in the mail.  If not, and prefer to renew this way, call the city at: 206-684-8484.  Or email them at: tax@seattle.gov

2. Online ~ Seattle SELF Portal - The old portal. It's being phased out early in 2018.

If you already have an account with SELF and you have NOT opened your FileLocal account, this is the quickest and easiest option.  Instructions and screenshots below.

3. Online ~ FileLocal Portal - This is the new portal.

If you've already created your account, it's pretty easy to renew your license.  If you haven't set up your new account, read this article, and plan an extra 20 - 30 minutes for that step.  Instructions and screenshots below for renewing your license.


Using the SELF Portal

1.  Sign In to your account.
2.  Find your business name.  (Customer number is next to it. Consider recording this somewhere for your FileLocal setup.)
3.  Click on your business name. 
4.  Select the link:  "Business License Renewal".
5.  Complete the form.  Sometimes it's pre-filled in, sometimes you have to manually enter information.  To find your UBI, look on your state license, or click here to look it up.  [For earning below $20K, it should cost $55.  For above $20K, it should cost $110.  If the wrong information is there, or if your situation has changed, attempt to put in the new cost.  If you need help, call the city. 206.684.8484.  
6.  Complete the checkout process.
7.  Print a copy for your records.  (It's an expense/deduction.)  Or, save a pdf and put into special folder.
8.  It may prompt you to see a list of "outstanding forms for this business".  If you are up to date, then your next "form" isn't due until January 31st—the B&O Tax Report.  (Post coming next month.)
9.  Check this off your Tax Season List!

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Renew with FileLocal

If you need to set up your account, read this article first.  Allow 20 - 30 minutes.

1.  Sign in to FileLocal
2.  Select Renew A License
3.  Now you're in the Activity Center.  It should have "Renewals and Applications" set as the "TYPE" of activity, with your business information below.  [If not, adjust as needed. Call FileLocal if you need help 1.877.693.4435  Select Continue.
4.  Continue through screens to confirm your information.  Then look for the "READY TO PAY" button.
5.  Look for the HOW ARE YOU PAYING tabs.  It's set on Bank Account.  You can use that, or select the tab for CREDIT CARD.
6.  Complete the checkout process.
7.  Print a copy for your records.  (It's an expense/deduction.)  Or, save a pdf and put into special folder.
8.  Check this off your Tax Season List!

 


 

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Well Done!  One more Hoop accomplished / one more thing checked off your TAX Season checklist! 

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Cheers!  Jenny Girl Friday