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A. Reporting by Hours Method. The annual business license fee in 2024 is calculated by determining the number of employee hours (1,920 hours) worked in the City of Redmond in the previous year and multiplying that figure by $0.073438 in 2024. The resulting dollar amount must be rounded to the nearest cent. The City shall allocate $60.00 out of each $141.00 received to the general fund and $81.00 out of each $141.00 received to transportation capital improvements or transportation demand management projects in 2024.

1. Repealed.

2. Repealed.

3. Annual employee hours are calculated based on the sum of the four quarterly reports submitted to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for the previous year.

4. It is the responsibility of the employer to determine the number of hours worked within the City from these reports. Businesses that did not file quarterly reports with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries must determine the number of hours worked within the City and demonstrate, if required, to the satisfaction of the Finance Director, that the number of employee hours worked is correct.

5. Employers without a full year history must estimate the number of employee hours that will be worked in the current year.

6. Repealed.

7. Repealed.

B. Repealed.

C. If at any time during the year it appears that the number of employee hours worked was under-reported at the time of application or renewal, an additional license fee and a penalty on the additional license fee is due. The penalty is equal to 20 percent per annum of the additional fee, plus any accounting, legal, or administrative expenses incurred by the City in determining the under-reporting or in collecting the tax and penalty.

D. The license fee for a business required to be licensed under this chapter and not located within the City’s corporate limits is also calculated based upon the number of employee hours who worked within the City, as described in subsection A of this section, but in no event may the license fee due be stated as less than the minimum fee set forth in subsection F of this section.

E. Businesses doing business in the City that have no employees physically working within the City must pay the minimum license fee required under this chapter.

F. The minimum fee for any license issued under this chapter is $141.00 in 2024.

1. Exemptions. The following entities may claim an exemption from the City’s license application and renewal fees, but if so exempt under this subsection such entities must still register and obtain a City business license under this chapter, unless otherwise indicated.

a. Any nonprofit entity exempt from taxation under a provision of 26 U.S.C. § 501(c), provided they submit a copy of their Internal Revenue Service tax exemption status determination letter.

b. Governmental entities that engage solely in activities which are not exclusively governmental, such as some activities of a hospital or medical clinic.

c. A nonprofit organization operated exclusively for a religious purpose and deemed by the Internal Revenue Service as exempt from Federal taxation under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), even without the issuance of a tax exemption determination letter, is fully exempt from all requirements of this chapter. Such a religious organization conducting any actual commercial business activity beyond their core religious purpose is fully liable for complying with all licensing requirements of this chapter for such other business activities.

d. Civic groups, service clubs, and social organizations that are not engaged in any profession, trade, or occupation, but are organized to provide civic, service or social activities in the City. Examples of such organizations may include but are not limited to: Soroptimists; Kiwanis; Lions; Rotary; American Legion; children’s and adults’ athletic organizations; and similar types of groups, clubs or organizations.

e. For purposes of the license by this chapter, any person or business whose annual value of products, gross proceeds of sales, or gross income of the business in the City is equal to or less than $2,000 and who does not maintain a place of business within the City, shall submit a business license registration to the Director or designee, but be exempt from the City license fee therefor. The threshold does not apply to regulatory license requirements or activities that require a specialized permit.

G. The annual license fee is due on or before the license expiration date.

H. A licensee may request that the City refund that portion of the annual business license overpaid on the basis that the business miscounted the number of employee hours worked. The request must be in writing and the City must receive the request and all supporting payroll documentation no later than sixty (60) days after the end of the licensee’s fiscal year in which the error was made. If the Finance Director is satisfied that the business paid an excess business license fee, then the City will refund the excess fee paid by the business during either the current license year or no further than one prior license year past.

I. Payment made directly to the City by check shall not be deemed a payment of the fee unless and until the same has been honored in the usual course of business, nor shall acceptance of any such check operate as an acquittance or discharge of the fee unless and until the check is honored. Any person who submits a business license fee payment by check to the City pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be assessed a NSF fee set by the Finance Director if the check is returned unpaid by a bank or other financial institution for insufficient funds in the account or for any other reason. Payment by check submitted to the Business Licensing Service will be subject to applicable rules adopted by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

J. If any person required by the terms and provisions of this chapter to pay a license fee for any period fails or refuses to do so, the person shall not be granted a license for the current period until the delinquent license fee, together with penalties, has been paid in full. Any license fee due and unpaid under this chapter and any penalties thereon shall constitute a debt to the City and may be collected in court proceedings in the same manner as any other debt in like amount, which remedy shall be in addition to all other existing remedies. (Ord. 3131 § 3, 2023; Ord. 3107 § 3, 2022; Ord. 3033 § 9, 2021; Ord. 3025 § 2, 2020; Ord. 2940 § 5, 2018: Ord. 2862 § 2 (part), 2016: Ord. 2839 § 3, 2016; Ord. 2770 § 4, 2014: Ord. 2667 § 2, 2012; Ord. 2567 § 2, 2010: Ord. 2546 § 2 (part), 2010: Ord. 2318 § 1, 2006: Ord. 2238 § 1 (part), 2004: Ord. 2088 § 1, 2000: Ord. 2003 § 3, 1998: Ord. 1953 § 1, 1997; Ord. 1924 § 1, 1996).