Resources for Businesses

The City of Santa Monica recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest have created unprecedented challenges for many local businesses. We are working diligently to facilitate the reopening of our business community. Our Santa Monica Economic Task Force has and continues to create viable solutions to aid in rebuilding a sustainable local economy with direct relief support for our businesses.

If your business was directly impacted by these events and you are unable to make your business license payment by the August 31, 2020 deadline, below are programs available to assist qualifying businesses.


Business License Tax Grace Period Extension 

To provide immediate cash-flow assistance to businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and by the recent civil unrest, the City is providing an extended grace period for an additional 60 days to impacted businesses (payments will be due October 31, 2020).

EXTENSION REQUEST FORM

Eligibility:

  • Business directly impacted by COVID-19 or the civil unrest
  • Must submit tax information (with no payment) and the extension request form on or before August 31, 2020.

To Apply:

  1. Download and complete the Extension Request Form above
  2. Submit with your 2020-21 Business License Renewal by mail or email to Business.License@smgov.net on or before August 31, 2020 


Interest-Free Payment Plan 

Taxpayers who are physically located in Santa Monica can take advantage of an interest-free business licenses tax payment plan for balances owed up to $100,000. All payment plans must be paid in full by July 2021 to qualify.

PAYMENT PLAN REQUEST FORM

Eligibility:

  • Business directly impacted by COVID-19 or the civil unrest
  • Must submit tax information (with no payment)  with the extension request form on or before August 31, 2020
  • Total amount due does not exceed $100,000

To Apply:

  1. Download and complete the Payment Plan Request Form above
  2. Submit with your 2020-21 Business License Renewal by mail or email to Business.License@smgov.net on or before August 31, 2020 

For information on Interest-Free Payment Plans for Parking Facility Tax or Transient Occupancy Tax, please contact the City’s Treasury office at Treasury@smgov.net.


Business License Penalty Waiver

Taxpayers may be eligible for relief or reduction of any late payment penalties assessed on their business license accounts. To request a reduction of penalties assessed, provide the reason for the request in writing by completing the form below.

PENALTY WAIVER REQUEST FORM

To Apply:

  1. Download and complete the Penalty Waiver Request Form above
  2. Submit to the Business License office by mail or email to Business.License@smgov.net  


Additional Resources

For additional information and resources available in response to COVID-19 and the civil unrest, please visit the City’s Economic Recovery page at https://www.santamonica.gov/economicrecovery.

Questions?

Email:  Business.License@smgov.net

Phone: (310) 458-8745