Business & Occupation Tax
This page provides a basic description of Longview's business and occupation tax requirements. This material is intended for general informational purposes only. It is current at the time of publication but is subject to change as City Ordinances are enacted or repealed.
Business & Occupation (B and O) Taxes
All businesses operating in the City of Longview, except those specifically exempted by State law or by the Longview Municipal Code, must pay Business and Occupation (B and O) taxes. These taxes are based on gross income and are paid quarterly; unless, the gross income of the business, subject to tax after all allowable deductions, is equal to or less than Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) in the calendar year, then a return shall be filed annually on January 31st declaring no tax due.
Annual Gross Sales
If your annual gross sales have been greater than $20,000, you will receive a B and O tax form every three months. This form must be completed and returned to the city tax office before the date indicated on the form. Checks should be made payable to the City of Longview and mailed to:
City of Longview
B and O Tax Desk
P.O. Box 128
Longview, WA 98632
Phone number 360-442-5040
Additional information relating to your business and occupation taxes may be obtained by calling the B and O Tax Desk or email Sally Hirschler.
B and O taxes are payable every three months for businesses with an annual gross sale greater than $20,000. Quarters are calculated on a calendar year:
- 1st Quarter: January to March (tax due on April 30th)
- 2nd Quarter: April to June (tax due on July 31st)
- 3rd Quarter: July to September (tax due on October 31st)
- 4th Quarter: October to December (tax due on January 31st)
If the gross income of the business, subject to tax after all allowable deductions, is equal to or less than $20,000 in the calendar year, then a return shall be filed annually on January 31st declaring no tax due.
Businesses must file annual returns even if no business activity occurred during the period.
B&O Tax Classifications & Tax Rates
For business and occupations taxing purposes, the City of Longview has divided business activities into six classifications:
- Manufacturing & Wholesaling
- Printing & Publishing
- Services & Other Activities
The extracting tax rate is based on the value of products, including by-products, extracted within the city for sale or for commercial or industrial use. Taxes are assessed at 1/10 of 1% or 1 times the value of the extracted products, determined by the selling price, regardless of the place of sale or the fact that deliveries may be made to points outside the City.
What Extracting Is
Extracting is the mining, quarrying, taking or producing of:
- Natural gas
- Stone or other natural resource product
It can also be the falling, cutting or taking of timber, Christmas trees, other than plantation Christmas trees, or other natural products; or taking fish, or taking, cultivating, or raising shellfish, or other sea or inland water foods or products.
The manufacturing tax rate is based on the value of the products manufactured, regardless of whether the products are sold or delivered to points outside the City of Longview. Taxes are assessed at 1/10 of 1%, or 1 times the value of the manufactured products, determined by the selling price.
Wholesaling is defined as any sale of tangible personal property to persons who are not considered consumers. The tax rate for wholesalers is assessed at 1/10 of 1%, or 1 times the gross proceeds from sales per quarter.
Publishers of newspapers, magazines, books, and brochures. The tax rate is 1/10 of 1% or 1 times the gross revenue.
A retail business is defined as a business that sells products and specific services to consumers. The B and O tax rate for retail businesses is 1/10 of 1% or 1 times the gross revenue per quarter. No deductions are allowed for retail businesses.
Construction, electrical, plumbing, and other specialty contracting businesses are classified under the retail sale category and are assessed at the B and O tax rate of 1/10 of 1% or 1 times the gross revenue.
Retail services include:
- Interior decorating services and dry cleaning
- Lawn mowing, maintenance and repair services
Personal, Business or Professional Services
Retail services shall also include the sale of or charge made for personal, business, or professional services such as:
- Abstract, title insurance, and escrow services
- Amusement and recreation services
- Automobile parking and storage garage services
- Credit bureau services
- Landscape maintenance and horticultural services
- Personal services such as:
- Body piercing services
- Dating services
- Physical fitness services
- Tanning salon services
- Tattoo parlor services
- Service charges associated with tickets to professional sporting events
It shall also include the renting or leasing of tangible personal property to consumers and the rental of equipment with an operator. The tax rate for retail services is 1/10 of 1% or 1 times the gross revenue.
Service businesses include those rendering professional services such as:
- Beauty salons
- Janitorial services
This classification also includes any other type of business which is not defined in one of the other categories. The tax rate for service businesses is 1/5 of 1% or 2 times the gross revenue.
Utilities include the providing of:
- Telephone services
These services are assessed at a rate provided for in Section 5.04.470 of the Longview Municipal Code. Please contact the B and O tax clerk for a copy of the ordinance to determine your tax rate.