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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1998 | MARK ARMSTRONG
Residents who were assessed a city business license tax they say they knew nothing about could get some relief from the City Council on Wednesday. Council members are scheduled to review a recommendation to void three years' worth of back taxes and penalties owed by residents who failed to pay the license tax. Business owners would still be required to start paying the yearly business license tax, based on collected gross receipts. The yearly fees normally range from $30 to $35.
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NEWS
November 1, 1990
Teen entrepreneur Joseph Young, whose home business was cited as the reason for city officials' delay in approving his mother's home expansion plans last week, is demanding an apology. "They made it sound like I don't have a license," said Young, 16. In fact, he has a license to run his "Prime Opportunities" mail-order business, according to Jennifer Bason, city business license clerk.
NEWS
May 14, 1992
The City Council on Monday will consider imposing a business license fee to help pay for recommendations made in the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan. The plan calls for measures to increase the variety of businesses, build sales, improve building structures and recruit a corps of retired business people to provide voluntary advisory services. A proposed ordinance would require retailers to pay an annual fee of $80 plus $5 for each employee. Physicians would pay $200 plus $5 for each worker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1991 | MAIA DAVIS
July 1 is the deadline for businesses that operate in unincorporated Ventura County to pay a new business license fee, the Ventura County treasurer's office announced. County officials mailed applications for the new business tax to about 5,000 businesses, from produce stands to multinational oil companies. Businesses within city limits that operate in unincorporated areas also are subject to the new fee. Penalties of 10% of the taxes or $10 per month will begin accruing the last day of July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1985 | Roxana Kopetman
A proposed review of the city's business license tax has come under fire from two City Council members, who criticized it as a way to raise the tax, which has remained unchanged for 27 years. Speaking against the review, Mayor Don Roth said, "The handwriting is on the wall that you're going to raise taxes." Council member Ben Bay also opposed a review of the business tax, and said the study's intent is "obvious . . . another means of coming to an end to increase fees and taxes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
The City Council has approved changes in Irvine's business license ordinance in an effort to standardize fees and encourage more businesses to seek permits. Last week's council action significantly reduces the cost to businesses for annual license fees and the penalties charged for operating a business without a license. City officials estimated that about 20%--or 2,000--of all businesses in Irvine do not hold current business licenses. Bernard M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1990
Voters will decide in November whether to double the city's business license tax to make up for income lost to inflation since the tax was last increased in 1978. The proposed increase would raise an additional $300,000 a year. During the last fiscal year, income generated by the tax amounted to 1.3% of the city's general fund--half the 1978 level. The increased tax would bring business tax revenue back up to about 2.6%, which is the average for California cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1990 | JIM NEWTON
The County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed its staff to study the possibility of establishing business license fees in unincorporated areas of the county. Several supervisors, however, warned that such fees could incur the wrath of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, whose members would likely bear the brunt of any licensing requirements. Even though many cities in Orange County already require business licenses, the county has never demanded them. Board Chairman Don R.
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